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Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford Honors Black History Month Leadership & Service Awards Recipients

Governor Larry Hogan Proclaims February as Black History Month in Maryland 

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford today joined the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism to honor the award recipients of the Black History Month Leadership & Service Awards, in celebration of Black History Month proclaimed by Governor Hogan.

“I am pleased to recognize hard work and unwavering dedication from the best volunteers in the nation and seek with you to educate citizens about the significance of the African American experience in Maryland,” said Lt. Governor Rutherford. “Thank you for carrying on the legacy of Maryland’s great heroes and addressing community needs.”

The annual program celebrates and recognizes Maryland-based, African American-founded organizations or groups of volunteers that demonstrate commitment and dedication to changing Maryland for the better.

2020 Black History Month Leadership & Service Awardees were recognized with the Senator Verda Freeman Welcome Legacy Award.

Senator Welcome was the first female African American state senator in Maryland. In 1969, she established the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture. Governor Larry Hogan proclaimed 2020 as the Year of the Woman in honor of female leaders such as Senator Verda Freeman Welcome and “the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote.”

See the complete list of recipients and click here to read more about how they have made an impact on our communities:

  1. BAAM – Building African American Minds (Easton)
  2. Community Projects of Havre de Grace – Committee for Ernest Burke Statue (Harford County)
  3. Family Survivor Network (Baltimore)
  4. Frederick Douglass Honor Society (Easton)
  5. Griots’ Circle of Maryland Inc. Growing Griots’ Literacy Learning Program (Baltimore City)
  6. J.O.Y. Baltimore (Baltimore City)
  7. Known as Monique (Baltimore)
  8. The Brownsville Project (Frostburg)
  9. The Safe Ride Foundation (Frederick)
  10. Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions (St. Mary’s County)

2020 Black History Month Leadership & Service Awardees

Lt. Governor Rutherford congratulating 2020 Black History Month Leadership & Service Award recipients.  (Clockwise from top left: Deborah Short & Derick Daly, Building African American Minds; Lonnie Walker, JOY Baltimore; Camay Murphy, Community Projects of Havre de Grace — Committee for Ernest Burke Statue; Monique Smith-Person, Known as Monique)

2020 Black History Month Leadership & Service Awardees and more

Lt. Governor Rutherford presented the Senator Verda Freeman Welcome Legacy Award to recipients. The award is named in celebration of 2020 Black History Month and Year of the Woman proclaimed by Governor Hogan in honor of female leaders such as Senator Welcome and the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment. (Top Photo, Clockwise from top left: Senator Verda Freeman Welcome Legacy Award; Pez Scott, Family Survivor Network; Photograph of Senator Verda Freeman Welcome by Paul Henderson, 1950; S. Bunjo Butler, Griots’ Circle of Maryland Inc. Growing Griots’ Literacy Learning Program) (Bottom Photo, Clockwise from top left: Michael Brown, Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions; Laurel Caurvina representing Wayne Dorsey, The Safe Ride Foundation; Childlene Brooks representing Harriette Lowery, Frederick Douglass Honor Society; Carmen Jackson representing Clory Jackson, The Brownsville Project)

Janice Greene as Senator Verda Welcome

Janice Greene, a professional storyteller and an awardee with Growing Griots,’ performed as Senator Verda Welcome in the Banneker-Douglass Museum chapel.

Feb 18, 2020 Recap Video

Black History Month Leadership & Service Awards 2020 Recap Video


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