Thank You for Joining the Celebration!

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​On Saturday, April 28, 2018, a crowd of 300 from all over the state gathered at the historic Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture to join the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights in celebrating two incredible milestones - the 50th anniversary of the signing of the federal Fair Housing Act of 1968, as well as the more than 90 years MCCR has been combatting discrimination throughout Maryland.

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Guests were treated to a night of empowering words from a line-up of speakers and leaders in attendance, a delicious dinner prepared by Baltimore's own Class Act Catering, and the empassioned talent of spoken word artist Lady Brion.

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The evening's keynote speaker Bakari Sellers truly electrified the crowd with a rousing address highlighting the importance of our collective work in eradicating unlawful discrimination in all its forms.

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The progress Maryland has seen over the past 90 years has been due in large part to the lifetime commitment of so many public servants to promote and improve civil and human rights in Maryland and beyond. MCCR was pleased to honor Reverend Dr. Douglas Sands (former Executive Secretary), Silvia S. Rodriguez (former Commission Chairperson), Jennifer Burdick (former Executive Director), Oretha Bridgwaters-Simms (former Commissioner), and Thomas E. Owen (former Commission Chairperson) for their years of service in helping MCCR get to its position today as the State's lead civil rights agency.​

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