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Remembering the Past to Protect the Future

  • Silver Spring Civic Building 1 Veterans Place Silver Spring, MD, 20910 United States (map)


  • “This Little Light of Mine: The Legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer”

  • “An Outrage:” Lynching in the American South

  • “Lynching in America” Confronting the legacy of racial terror

Films begin promptly at 7:05pm followed by a community panel discussion on understanding our history.

Following the Documentaries

  • Will Schwarz, a Baltimore-based filmmaker, video producer and founder of the Maryland Lynching Memorial Project, will provide a brief overview of the Maryland Lynching Memorial Project, Inc.;

  • Local historian and The Menare Foundation, Inc. President Anthony Cohen will discuss lynchings, which took place in Montgomery County.

  • James Stowe, the director of Human Rights will give a brief overview of Montgomery County’s current Remembrance Lynching Activities and, the Police Department will present current the County Hate Crime status. 

  • Human Rights Commissioner and Montgomery County Human Rights Hall of Fame member Terry Vann will moderate a panel discussion and a question and answer segment.

  • Director of Human Rights James Stowe will be joined on the panel by Acting Chief Marcus Jones; Will Schwarz; Anthony Cohen; and Willie Pearl Mackie King who transcribed Dr. Martin Luther King’s letter from the Birmingham Jail.

Hosted by: Montgomery County Office on Human Rights, Human Rights Commission, Commission for Women, Department of Police, and the Committee Against Hate Violence

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