African American

July 2, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Residents Protest Development on Historic Black Cemetery in Bethesda

Protesters gathered off of River Road in Bethesda on Thursday to protest development on part of the River Road Moses Cemetery, an unmarked historic Black cemetery.  According to Montgomery Preservation, a historic preservation organization in Montgomery County, the River Road Moses Cemetery existed between 1911 and 1958 in the area of 5401 Westbard Ave., which […]

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June 10, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

‘Just Show That You Care a Little Bit’: Protesters Upset After Officers Don’t Listen In

Black Lives Matter protesters gathered by the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) 1st District station in Gaithersburg on Wednesday. A few protesters said they asked officers who were congregated by the main building to join and listen in on what was being said. Eventually, a few came and stood nearby. “I’d rather have them in […]

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April 30, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

New Clarksburg Public School Named Snowden Farm Elementary

New Elementary School Named After Clarksburg’s Snowden Family Montgomery County Board of Education passed a resolution to name the new elementary school opening in Clarksburg in September 2019 Snowden Farm Elementary School. The school is named after Snowden Farm which was founded in 1845 in Clarksburg by Thomas Snowden, an African American dairy farmer.  The […]

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February 16, 2017 | Sonya Burke

County Employees Celebrate Black History Month, Honor Parker Hamilton (VIDEO)

Montgomery County employees celebrated Black History Month with a special program at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre in Rockville today. The 2017 program entitled, “An African American Musical Journey,” highlighted several genres of music. “We started with the beat over in Africa,” said Debra Jones, chair of the Black History Program Committee. “We are showing […]

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February 16, 2017 | Sonya Burke

Planners Share Community’s Concerns about Possible Cemetery Site in Westbard (VIDEO)

Montgomery County planners say they share a church community’s concerns about a possible African-American burial site in the Westbard section of Bethesda near River Road. “We want to find out if there are human remains or burial shafts in the area that was historically a cemetery,” said Planning Director Gwen Wright in an interview with […]

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February 9, 2017 | Sonya Burke

New City Council Member Yvette Monroe is Sworn in at Gaithersburg City Hall (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

It’s official: Olde Towne resident Yvette Monroe is the newest Gaithersburg City Council member, and she’s also the first African American to serve on the City Council. Monroe was sworn into office at Gaithersburg City Hall on Feb. 8. She was appointed to the position following the death of Councilmember Henry Marraffa, who died last year […]

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February 23, 2016 | Maureen Chowdhury

Five Things to Know Today, Feb. 23, in Montgomery County

Here are your five things to know today, Feb. 23, in Montgomery County: 1.  The Wheaton Redevelopment Program and the Purple Line are on the Montgomery County Council’s agenda today. The Planning Department will also demonstrate a new online map of historical African American Communities at the Council session. You can watch the session live, here. 2. A community workshop […]

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February 22, 2016 | Sonya Burke

Five Things to Know Today, Feb. 22, in Montgomery County

Here are your five things to know today, Feb. 22, in Montgomery County: 1. The Josiah Henson Leadership Conference takes place today at the studios of Montgomery Community Media. You can watch the livestream broadcast on the MyMCMedia.org website beginning at 8 a.m. today. 2. In celebration of African American History Month, the city of […]

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February 12, 2015 | Staff Writer

MCPS Has Highest Grad Rate for African American Males in Nation

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) has the highest graduation rate for African American males among the nation’s largest school districts, according to a report released Wednesday. The Schott Foundation for Public Education released a report Wednesday entitled Black Lives Matter: The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males. The report highlights opportunities, […]

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March 25, 2014 | Valerie Bonk

Heritage Montgomery Premieres ‘Community Cornerstones’ (Video)

Between the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement, 40 African American churches were constructed in Montgomery County. Heritage Montgomery has produced a new 60-minute documentary video featuring five of these historic church communities. MyMCMedia’s Valerie Bonk attended the “world premiere” of the film where members of the church congregations saw the documentary for the […]

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