Montgomery County Employees Celebrate Black History Month (VIDEO)

Montgomery County employees honored Black History Month with a special ceremony on Feb. 5 at the Universities at Shady Grove.

It was a celebration of education, diversity, and a time to honor ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

“We are who we are today because of our ancestors and because of the people currently living today. I think it’s important for us not to forget the best and the struggles that we’ve been through,” said  Parker Hamilton, director of the Montgomery County Public Libraries.

The event was sponsored by Montgomery County employees’ Black History Month Program Committee and featured Sharon Harley, associate professor for the Department of African American Studies at the University of Maryland, as the afternoon’s keynote speaker.

During the ceremony, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett urged young people in the county to not take for granted opportunities they have today. Leggett also mentioned that they were celebrating diversity and a lifetime of achievements.

Montgomery County Councilmember Craig Rice added that he would like to see an elected body to reflect the diversity that exists in the county today.

“We also need to look into the future. The relationships that are there in the community and the diversity that continues to grow in Montgomery County and how we’re handling that. Making to address the need for our workforce. Having a diverse police and well as diverse teachers,” Rice said.

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Aline Barros

About Aline Barros

Aline Barros is a multimedia reporter and community engagement specialist with Montgomery Community Media. She can be reached at and on Twitter at @AlineBarros2.


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