Queen of Soul 
1942 - 2018
Silver Spring Town Center Honors 'Citizen Heroes'

Maryland Del. Jheanelle Wilkins and Grace Rivera-Oven, chair of the Latino Health Initiatives, were among six activists in Montgomery County who were chosen as “Citizen Heroes.” Presented by the Silver Spring Town Center’s Film & Lecture Series, they represent “global citizens” who affect the lives of county residents – whether it’s the environment, women’s rights, food security, immigrant or human rights. In addition to Wilkins and Rivera-Oven, the other “Citizen Heroes” were Amber Khan with Interfaith Voices; educator Kristin Mink; Nate Tinbite, vice president of MoCo Students for Gun Control; and Jenna Umbriac, director of programs and policies at Manna Food.

Ethiopian Day Festival
Community Officials Celebrate at Ethiopian Day Festival 
Montgomery County community and elected officials celebrating the Ethiopian Day Festival in Downtown Silver Spring included County Executive Ike Leggett, Councilmembers Hans Riemer and Nancy Navarro. Councilmembers Nancy Floreen and Marc Elrich, both of whom are running for County Executive, also attended the festival. 

A Day of Tributes to John McCain

WASHINGTON (CNS) - A video essay on public and private salutes to Arizona Sen. John McCain.



Public Pursuits: Montgomery County Who's Who
U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.)
Cong. Jamie Raskin (D-8th Dist.)
Cong. Anthony Brown (D-4th Dist)
Brian Frosh, Maryland Attorney General
Pamela Queen, Md. Delegate (D-Dist. 14)
Jheanelle Wilkins, Md. Delegate (D-Dist. 20)
Isiah Leggett, County Executive (D)
Hans Riemer, Pres., County Council (D-At-Large)
Roger Berliner, County Council (D-Dist. 1)
Nancy Floreen, County Council (D-At-Large)
Marc Elrich, County Council (D-At-Large)
Craig Rice, County Council (D-Dist. 2)
Nancy Navarro, County Council (D-Dist. 4)
Al Carr, Md. Delegate (D-Dist. 18)
Daniel Koroma, African & Caribbean Liaison
Tom Hucker, County Council (D-Dist. 5)
Julian Norment, African-American Liaison
Joanne Antoine, Caribbean Liaison
Claudia Canales, Latino Liaison
Diane Vy Nguyen-Vu, Asian Liaison
Josephine Garnem, African Liaison
Mimi Hassaneim, Middle Eastern Liaison
Opinions & Editorials

Heather Gray - Justice Initiative: King's Poor People's Campaign

Larry Buford - O.J. Simpson, the Biblical Joseph Story in Reverse

William Reed: Blacks in the Trump Administration - Put Harriet Tubman on $20 Bill - What Do Black Republicans Believe? - Stop Dallying Around about "The Debt"

Dr. Marjorie Innocent - Black Church is Needed to Fight HIV

Jesse Jackson Sr.: Facing the Assault on Civil Rights - Trump Revels in Dangerous Chaos


Raynard Jackson: When was America Ever Great?


Dr. Wilmer Leon III: Justice Initiative: America at the Dawn of Darkness


Dr. William Small Jr. - American Politics are Trumping Democracy

Marc Morial: NFL


Cong. Robin Kelly: The Path Forward


Millicent Gorham: Don't Increase Co-payments for the Vulnerable

President Trump's Black Agenda

By William Reed
Gov. Larry Hogan


State Announces Over $22mil to Fight Heroin and Opioid Epidemic

Maryland’s Opioid Operational Command Center, Dept. of Health, and the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention recently announced more than $22 million to fight the heroin and opioid epidemic. Eighty percent will go to Maryland’s 24 local jurisdictions and service providers to fund prevention, enforcement, and treatment efforts throughout the state.  It includes $2 million fpr a 24-hour crisis center in Baltimore.The funding for FY 2018 includes the first $10 million of Gov. Larry Hogan’s $50 million commitment to address the crisis announced in March 2017, the first $10 million from the federal 21st Century Cures Act, and $2.1 million from the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ)


Is another black president in America's future?

(CNS) - Since former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's loss in the November election, some Democrats have turned to former first lady Michelle Obama and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, hoping one or both will run in the 2020 presidential election. Others have mentioned California Sen. Kamala Harris and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.

Maryland lawmaker revives drive for equal rights for women in Constitution

(CNS) - Donald Trump’s presidency has inspired Democratic lawmakers to re-introduce legislation that would ensure equal rights for women in the U.S. Constitution.

AARP outlines priorities to President Trump

The organization's priorities protection of Social Security, Medicare benefits, access to affordable health care, prescription costs.

Diabetes Rises in U.S.

Eat Fruits & Veggies Safely, Says CDC

Race in America: Past & Present
Part 1: America's 20th Century slavery: The horrifying, little-known story of how hundreds of thousands of blacks worked in brutal bondage right up until World War II.    

Part 2: Emmett and Trayvon: How racial prejudice has changed

Part 3: A House divided: Why do middle-class blacks have far less wealth than whites at the same income level?

Part 8: The new white Negro: Is family breakdown now biracial?

Where are they now?
Doug Duncan is now president and CEO of the Greater Washington Leadership Conference. The former three-term Montgomery County Executive also served as mayor of the city of Rockville.
Parker Hamilton, after 12 years as director of Montgomery County Public Libraries, has retired and has returned to her hometown in Alabama, reports Bethesda Beat.
Herman Taylor Jr., one of Montgomery County's first African Americans elected to the Maryland state legislature, serves on the Maryland Black Caucus Foundation board. He also heads a Minority Business Council.
Greg Wims, a businessman and founder of the Victims Rights Foundation, was installed as the first African American governor of a 2,200-member Rotary Club district located in Central Maryland and Washington, D.C. Wims is also a member of Leadership Montgomery and a former president of the Montgomery County NAACP.
President Donald J. Trump
Trump: "Washington's power is going back to the American people" (CNS) Washington - Promising to put "America first," Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Jan. 20, 2017, assuming leadership of a polarized nation but with the benefits of a Republican-controlled Congress. - Abby Mergenmeier, Jess Nocera, Talia Richman & Briana Thomas

Dr. Ben Carson, New Housing & Urban Development Secretary

Know Your Rights Under Trump