Black History Month

February 26, 2021 | Staff Writer

Black Artists in Montgomery County: Jonathan Jaeger

Jonathan Jaeger began painting full time five years ago after a career as a social worker. One day he realized he wanted more and needed to pursue his passion for painting. He describes his painting style as outside the norm. Jaeger grew up in a diverse adoptive family and he sees this influence in his […]

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February 23, 2021 | Deirdre Byrne

Filmmaker, Father Reflect on Quince Orchard Black History in ‘Finding Fellowship’

Jason Green, director of the “Finding Fellowship” documentary—available on BlackRock Center for the Arts’ website—spoke to MyMCM about the three things he hopes viewers will take away from the film. Here’s what he said: Rev. Gerard Green, the father of Jason Green, is featured in the film, which examines how three segregated churches united after […]

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February 23, 2021 | Staff Writer

Black Artists in Montgomery County: Doudgy ‘Dew’ Charmant

Doudgy “Dew” Charmant began creating art at the age of four with guidance from his uncle. He is a visual artist who tells stories with acrylic and oil paints. Love, joy, sadness and revenge are some of the themes depicted in his paintings that provide a commentary on life. Charmant is profiled as part of MyMCM’s […]

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February 22, 2021 | Deirdre Byrne

Film Examines How MLK’s Death Unified Three Segregated Quince Orchard Churches

A new documentary, “Finding Fellowship,” explores the legacy of the Pleasant View historic site. Though not widely known, the Pleasant View Church, along Route 28 on a three-acre plot of land, was once the center of the Black community of Quince Orchard. After the Civil War, three Black men purchased the Pleasant View land for […]

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February 22, 2021 | Jasmine Boykin

Maryland Youth Ballet Offering Free Classes for Black History Month

Silver Spring dance studio, Maryland Youth Ballet, is offering free and low-cost virtual classes throughout February for Black History Month. The studio is providing classes in a variety of dance styles including Afrobeat, Jazz and more. Panel discussions on Zoom, documentaries and films all centered around the experiences of Black dancers will also be offered. […]

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February 19, 2021 | Jordan Lindsay

MCPD Chief Marcus Jones: ‘Bridging That Gap Between Community and Police is Important’

After more than three decades of dedicated service to the Montgomery County Police Department, Marcus Jones was elevated to Chief of Police in Nov. 2019 taking over for Tom Manger who retired after leading the force for 15 years. Jones, who has been with MCPD since 1985, said his role as the Chief is an ‘honor.’ “Some […]

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February 16, 2021 | Staff Writer

Black Artists in Montgomery County: Paula Cleggett

Paula Cleggett got the bug for art when she was a child growing up in Chicago but wasn’t able to work on it full time until she retired right here in Montgomery County. Her career in communications, as a storyteller, is evident in her paintings. Reporter Diane Roberts shares what inspires Cleggett’s work. You can […]

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February 8, 2021 | Staff Writer

Black Artists in Montgomery County: Preston Sampson

Preston Sampson is committed to shining a light on gun violence against black men in America and uses bullet casings in his art to tell that distressing story. He also works in an unusual medium called encaustic painting. Sampson explained what that is to Diane Roberts at his Montgomery County art studio. Learn more about Preston, […]

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February 4, 2021 | Andrea Sarralde

Hola Montgomery El Podcast – “Me Juzgan por mi Color de Piel”

En el marco del Mes de la Historia Afroamericana, Julio Murillo comparte sus experiencias como Afrolatino, habla de su infancia, su familia, los retos que ha tenido que enfrentar por su color de piel, lo que significa ser parte de ambas comunidades: la Afroamericana y la Latina; y resalta su misión como activista en la […]

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February 3, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

County Seeks to Eliminate Street Names Honoring Confederates, Slaveowners

In an attempt to rid Montgomery County of street names tied to the Confederacy and slavery, employees of the Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), currently are researching area street and park names. In Potomac, Jubal Early Court, J.E.B. Stuart Road and J.E.B Stuart Court will be […]

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