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2012 Human Rights Commission Award Recipients

The Howard County Human Rights Commission is pleased to announce that Elisa Montalvo, Howard County Public School System Hispanic Achievement Specialist, and the Howard County NAACP Youth Council are the recipients of the 2012 Human Rights Award. The award is given annually to individuals and/or organizations selected by the Commission from nominations submitted by the community.

The Human Rights Commission Award honors individuals, past and present, and community organizations who contributed to human and civil rights in Howard County. The purpose of the award is to recognize exemplary citizenship, dedicated leadership and outstanding achievement in eliminating or eradicating discrimination, while advancing human rights for all residents of Howard County.

“I believe one of the most effective ways to improve our community is to invest in and empower our youth to contribute in meaningful ways,” said Frank V. Eastham Jr., Chair of the Human Rights Commission. “Elisa Montalvo and the Howard County NAACP Youth Council have demonstrated a commitment to ensure that our changing youth culture has a voice in Howard County.”

Past recipients of the Human Rights Commission’s Award include: Carol A. Beatty and the Community Action Council of Howard County, MD, Inc. (2011); Rufus F. Clanzy (2010); Dr. Edward Cochran (2009); Dr. Sydney Cousin and Leola Dorsey (2008); and Colette Roberts and Rev. Dr. Robert Turner (2007).