racism

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 30, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

‘I Feel Sick’: MCPS Officials Express Disgust About Sexual Assault, Harassment and Racism Allegations

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) officials expressed their disgust at a board meeting Monday toward recent allegations of sexual assault, harassment and racism made by current and former students. “When I read things by our African American students at schools where they have had really negative experiences and I read a lot of them over […]

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June 26, 2020 | Emma Shuster

MCPS Hosting ‘A Courageous Conversation on the Impact of Racism on Mental Health’

Montgomery County Public Schools will host a two-part virtual event to discuss the impact of racism on mental health. The event will be held on June 30 and July 7. Both sessions will be led by Dr. Christina Conolly, director of psychological services for MCPS as well as John Landesman, a coordinator in the Equity […]

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June 24, 2020 | Shauneen Miranda

More Black High School Students, Alumni Using Instagram to Describe Racial Experiences

Two new Instagram accounts – detailing experiences with racism – recently started among black students and alumni at Walter Johnson High School and Bethesda Chevy Chase High School.  The new Instagram accounts, “BlackAtWJ” and “BlackAtBCC,” started after black students and alumni at Walt Whitman High School first created their page on June 14 in an […]

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June 19, 2020 | Mira Varghese

Whitman’s Black Students, Alumni Sharing Experiences With Racism on Instagram

Black students and alumni of Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda are sharing their experiences with racism while attending the school through the recently created Instagram account, “Black At Whitman.” While the account’s creator remains anonymous, its first post was on June 14, just after racist graffiti was found on the school’s grounds and following […]

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June 19, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Council Pushes to Change Streets Named After Confederates

The Montgomery County Council is asking the county to rename all county-owned streets and public facilities that are currently named after Confederates.  “When we name a street or a building, we are not merely reflecting history. We are using our public funding and assets to bestow a high honor. These public tributes should appropriately reflect […]

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June 12, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

DOJ Asks County for Same Freedoms Between Religious Assembly and Protests

The Department of Justice (DOJ) sent a letter to Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich and the county council on Wednesday with concerns about the county neglecting religious freedoms under the First Amendment while allowing the freedom to protest.  In the letter, Assistant Attorney General for the DOJ Civil Rights Division Eric Dreiband asks Elrich and […]

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June 12, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Gayles and Hogan Encourage Protesters to Get Tested for COVID-19

Montgomery County Health Officer and Chief of Public Health Services Dr. Travis Gayles encourages residents who have attended Black Lives Matter protests to get tested for COVID-19 if they are concerned about exposure. “I think we do see folks going to the protests who may be disproportionately impacted if they do contract it,” he said […]

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June 11, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

Five Things to Know for June 11 in Montgomery County

Here are five things to know in Montgomery County for Thursday, June 11. 1.Congratulations Class of 2020: Individual MCPS virtual commencement ceremonies are happening all week, and some are taking place today. Click here to view the schedule. Individual school virtual commencement ceremonies are taking place this week! Check out the schedule and learn how […]

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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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