Today is the final day of Black History Month and we are reminded of the courage displayed by Martin Luther King, Jr. and other leaders of the civil rights movement. This year is especially notable because it marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination. In Howard County, the Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Holiday Commission has been coordinating annual celebrations for MLK Day to honor his legacy with members of the Howard County community since 1985.
The Kittleman Administration Made Howard County MLK Holiday Commission Permanent in 2017
As County Executive, Allan Kittleman filed legislation to officially designate the MLK Commission as a permanent Howard County commission. Recognizing the impact of the MLK Commission’s work in the community, Kittleman felt it was unacceptable for it to continue to operate under non-permanent status.
As the son of a civil rights leader who fought to desegregate the schools in the 1950s and 1960’s, I feel strongly that Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy should be preserved for generations to come. That is why I took action and made the Howard County MLK Holiday Commission permanent. – Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman
By giving the Commission permanent standing with the Howard County Government, Allan Kittleman continues to show his commitment to valuing diversity and service in our community.
“We applaud the County Executive’s decision… It’s long overdue.” -Roberta Kelly, Chair Howard County MLK Commission
The Howard County MLK Commission
The MLK Commission is comprised of diverse and multicultural members nominated by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council. The Commissioners strive to commemorate the spirit of service MLK exemplified. As they honor the work of Dr. King, the Commission organizes several community events including presenting “Living the Dream” awards to community members, a student essay contest, and coordinate a range of volunteer opportunities for the annual Day of Service. The Howard County Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission was established by order of the Howard County Executive to “…encourage and coordinate appropriate ceremonies and activities honoring Martin Luther King, Jr…” The Commission meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in Room 303 at 6751 Columbia Gateway Dr., Columbia, MD, at which time, plans for the annual commemoration of Dr. King’s birthday are made. County residents are continually sought to fill Commission vacancies, as well as fill positions on various subcommittees. Commissioners are appointed by the County Executive to serve an initial term of two years. Persons interested in serving on the Commission should contact the Office of Human Rights at (410) 313-6430.