Odessa Shannon

September 11, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Brooke Lee Middle School to be Renamed In November

The Col. E. Brooke Lee Middle School in Silver Spring moved closer to rid its ties with a state and county politician from the early 1900s whose company developed racially-restricted properties. During its Sept. 10 meeting, the Montgomery County Board of Education added the name of Brigadier General Charles Edward McGee of Bethesda, a retired […]

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May 18, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

‘We Lost a Giant Last Night’: Trailblazer on County Board of Education Dies

Odessa Shannon, the first African American woman elected to the Montgomery County Board of Education, passed away Sunday. She had been in hospice following a lengthy illness. “Today the council is heartbroken to learn about the loss of our extraordinary friend and county leader Odessa Shannon. Montgomery County is a more just and fairer place […]

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June 27, 2017 | Staff Writer

Josiah Henson Leadership Conference III (LIVE STREAM)

Montgomery Community Media (MCM) and the Montgomery Parks Foundation host the third installment of the Josiah Henson Leadership Conference on Wednesday, June 28 from 9 a.m. to noon at the MCM studios in Rockville. The leadership conference addresses the local legacy, history and challenges facing Montgomery County’s African Americans and people of African ancestry. The […]

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June 20, 2017 | Staff Writer

Four Honored With Living Legends Awards During County’s Juneteenth Celebration

Four residents were awarded with “Living Legends Awards,” during Montgomery County’s 21st annual Juneteenth Celebration. The ceremony was held on June 16 at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, according to a news release. This is the third year that officials have presented residents with the African American Living Legend Award.  This year’s […]

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February 24, 2015 | Sonya Burke

Black History Month Commemoration (PHOTO)

Six long-time residents of Montgomery County, each of whom played a key role in civil rights changes that impacted the County, told their personal stories on Feb. 24 as they were honored by the County Council as part of a Black History Month commemoration event. At the event were, left to right; Council President George […]

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February 23, 2015 | Aline Barros

County Residents To Share Stories of Civil Rights History

One resident was not allowed to receive a library card or read books in the library. Another grew up in a property bought by his great-great-grandmother who was a slave to the Beall family in Rockville. But all of them had one thing in common: they fought and still fight for equal, fair, and just treatment […]

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March 28, 2013 | Staff Writer

photo Ike Leggett

Montgomery Serves Awards Announced (Video)

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett announced the winners of the Montgomery Serves awards, the Neal Potter Path of Achievement awards and the Roscoe R. Nix Distinguished Community Leadership awards today (March 28). A ceremony to present the awards to the nine honorees will take place on Monday, April 29 at the Imagination Stage in Bethesda. […]

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