The Council of Elders to receive 2013 Human Rights Award on November 12, 2013

Press Release from Howard County, MD government
Human Rights Commission Announces Winners of 2013 Human Rights Award

The Howard County Human Rights Commission is pleased to announce that the Honorable James Robey, Maryland State Senator, and The Council of Elders of the Black Community of Howard County, MD are the recipients of the 2013 Human Rights Award. The award is given annually to individuals and/or organizations selected by the Commission from nominations submitted by the community. An award ceremony will be held on Tuesday, November 12 at 7 p.m. at Slayton House in Wilde Lake, 10400 Cross Fox Lane in Columbia. The award ceremony is free and open to the public; however, seating is limited. To reserve your seat, please call the Human Rights Commission Award reservation line at 410-313-1156.

The Human Rights Commission Award honors individuals and community organizations for contributions to human and civil rights in Howard County. The purpose of the award is to recognize exemplary citizenship, dedicated leadership and outstanding achievement in eliminating or eradicating discrimination, while advancing human rights for all residents of Howard County.

“It is my belief that our eternal duty and responsibility to the world is to treat one another with respect and encouragement,” said H. Taylor Walls, Chair of the Human Rights Commission. “Senator Robey and The Council of Elders of the Black Community of Howard County, MD have demonstrated the spirit of commitment and passion for all people, especially in Howard County. They are not just recipients of the Human Rights Award, but beacons’ reminding us all that there are no time outs in doing what is right and just.”

Past recipients of the Human Rights Commission’s Award include: Elisa Montalvo and the Howard County NAACP Youth Council (2012); Carol A. Beatty and the Community Action Council of Howard County, MD, Inc. (2011); Rufus F. Clanzy (2010); Dr. Edward Cochran (2009); Dr. Sydney Cousin and Leola Dorsey (2008); and Colette Roberts and Rev. Dr. Robert Turner (2007).

For more information about the award and/or the ceremony, please contact the Office of Human Rights at 410-313-6430.



The African American Community Roundtable in partnership with The Howard County Public School System is sponsoring an African American Community Education Forum on Monday, September 30, 2013 from 6:00 – 9:30 pm. This event will take place at Long Reach High School – Auditorium, 6101 Old Dobbin Lane, Columbia, MD 21045.


6:00-6:45pm Refreshments, Networking, and African American Community Roundtable Displays
7:00-9:30pm Program – Closing the Achievement Gaps & Fulfilling the Promise of Preparation

Keynote Addresses:
Renee A. Foose, Ed.D, Superintendent of Howard County Public Schools &
Franklin CampbellJones, Ed.D, Vice President of CampbellJones & Associates

Breakout Sessions:

  • Preparing Scholars For Tomorrow
  • Beyond The MSA
  • Shaping Futures
  • Bullying Prevention and Intervention
  • Nurturing and Encouraging GT Learners

Check out this flyer for more information: AACRForumSep2013

Please join the Council of Elders at this very important event for our community!

August 28, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington

Don’t forget that tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most famous events in American History…THE March on Washington. There may be many other marches in history, but none greater than the August 28, 1963 march led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech will forever live in our hearts and minds as a pivotal point in the fight to bring down the walls of racial segregation in America.

jobs_justice Americans will commemorate this historic event by marching again on tomorrow, August 28, 2013. Whereas the 1963 march was a call for “Jobs and Freedom”, tomorrow’s march will be to address “Jobs and Justice” in America. As tomorrow’s march concludes on the National Mall, President Barack Obama will address the nation from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.  The march begins at  8:15 am when people will gather at 600 New Jersey Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C.  and march to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to hear the President speak from the very spot where Dr. King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech 50 years ago.

(Details regarding the start time and the exact route of the March are available by going to the Home Page of this web site

JUSTICE OR “JUST US”? August 13th event in Baltimore, MD

Baltimore Racial Justice Action
August 13th Event
The Criminal Justice System in the Time of Trayvon Martin:  JUSTICE OR “JUST US”?
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Location: American Brewery, 1701 N. Gay St., Baltimore, Md. 21213
In the aftermath of the Zimmerman verdict, what is our responsibility for our criminal justice system?
Join moderator A. Adar Ayira, Project Manager of the More in the Middle Initiative at Associated Black Charities and senior consultant/trainer for Baltimore Racial Justice Action as she probes for answers from Ray Winbush, Ph.D., Director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University; Russell Neverdon, Esq., attorney for Christopher Brown; Camilla Roberson, staff attorney at the Public Justice Center; and Fraser Smith, senior news analyst for WYPR and Baltimore Sun columnist.

Join us for service to pray for our county’s students

Citizens of Howard County,
Please join The Council of Elders on Sunday, August 11th at 3:00 p.m, as we participate in a service to pray for our students for the 2013/2014 school year. This service, sponsored by Howard County PRAY, will be held at Bethel Christian Academy located at 8455 Savage-Guilford Road, Savage MD 20763, two minutes from the intersection of Routes 32 and 1. There will be members of the Howard County Public School system in attendance, along with other local organizations dedicated to school improvement in our county. This invitation is open to everyone, so please mark your calendars and join us for this very important event!


TOGETHER, letʼs ask God to protect and prosper
our students, and bless teachers and schools
in cultivating knowledge and wisdom in our young people
so they may make good choices
as they mature to be responsible citizens in our county,
in a safe academic environment
where they may freely share their faith in Jesus.

                                                                     -Howard County PRAY