Six Honorees Inducted Into Montgomery County’s Human Rights Hall of Fame

Montgomery County’s Department of Human Rights inducted six new honorees into the Human Rights Hall of Fame at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown. Indeed, the award recognizes individuals who made sacrifices to combat discrimination and promote inclusion.

The theme for this years celebration was “Diversity is Working For Our County.” The inductees into the hall of fame were the following:

  • Tufail Ahmed of Potomac, who founded the Montgomery County Muslim Council and co-founded the Montgomery County Muslim Foundation. Though Ahmed did not attend the ceremony, he was honored for his efforts to help senior citizens and homeless residents.
  • Mark Bergel of Bethesda, the founder and CEO of A Wider Circle. A Wider Circle aims to end poverty. Since 2001, the organization has served over 225,000 people.
  • Dr. Marylin Hughes Gaston of Potomac, whose career revolved around improving access to medical care for marginalized individuals. To this day, she works to fight sick cell disease.
  • Reverend Kenneth Nelson of Silver Spring, who serves as Montgomery College’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education Unit’s director of business and community outreach. Nelson has provided life-changing initiatives to improve personal and professional opportunities for individuals.
  • Dr. DeVance Walker Jr. of Olney, who served as the first minority liaison for a Montgomery County Executive. He’s also provided a lot of help to improve education.
  • Bishop Paul Walker Sr. of Clarksburg, who is the founder and pastor of Healing and Deliverance Ministry. He also has helped provide life skills, professional development, and self-help programs to groups.

The event featured music, spoken words, and tributes to individuals who’ve made significant contributions to the county. Check out highlights and recaps from the event below.

Video Highlights:

County Executive Ike Leggett and OHR Director John Stowe pay tribute to the nights honorees. Plus, interviews with winners Mark Bergel and Dr. Marylin Hughes Gaston.

Recap of the Event in Tweets

Photos From The Event

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