HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION AWARD RECIPIENTS

HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION AWARD

Presented annually, the Human Rights Commission Award honors individuals and community organizations for contributions 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. This year, the Human Rights Commission Award was presented to  Frank V. Eastham, Dou Alvin Zhang, MD, PhD and Howard County Voices for Change (V4C) .

 

“Our three recipients have shown what it means to live by our shared values of compassion and inclusion,” said Howard County Executive Calvin Ball. “Mr. Eastham, Dr. Zhang and V4C are being honored for their commitment to providing education, healthcare, and opportunity to everyone. I am deeply grateful for their example and I know Howard County is fortunate to have them.”

 

Past recipients of the Human Rights Commission’s Award include: Dr. Yen Li and The Build Haiti Foundation (2018); Young chan Han and Denene Yates (2017); Howard Community College’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution Center (2016); PFLAG Columbia-Howard County, MD (2015); Dr. Mark Stout and the River Hill Cultural Awareness Club (2014); the Honorable James Robey and The Council of Elders of the Black Community of Howard County, MD (2013); Elisa Montalvo and the Howard County NAACP Youth Council (2012); Carol Beatty and the Community Action Council of Howard County, MD, Inc. (2011); Rufus Clanzy (2010); Dr. Edward Cochran (2009); Dr. Sydney Cousin and Leola Dorsey (2008); and Colette Roberts and Rev. Dr. Robert Turner (2007). 

 

For questions or more information about this award, please contact the Office of Human Rights at 410-313-6430.

HRC Awards 2019 - Mr. James LeMon, Executive Director of Community, Parent and School Outreach

Mr. Janssen E. Evelyn, Acting Administrator, Office of Human Rights with Mr. James LeMon, Executive Director of Community, Parent and School Outreach (pictured from left to right). Mr. LeMon accepted the 2019 Human Rights Award and Proclamation from the Howard County Council on behalf of Frank V. Eastham.

 

An advocate for human rights, Frank V. Eastham Jr. served on the Human Rights Commission for nine years, two of which he was chair. As principal of Oakland Mills High School, he worked with the Council of Elders for the Black Community in Howard County to reduce the disparity of suspensions of African-American students. During his tenure with Howard County Public School System’s (HCPSS) administration, he served as a Cultural Proficiency trainer for HCPSS leaders, striving for diversity celebration and difference appreciation throughout the public school system. “As a [former] member of the Human Rights Commission and principal of one of the most diverse schools in Howard County for nine years, I have seen firsthand how important it is for us to build cross-cultural connections in order for there to be unity in our communities,” Mr. Eastham said. The Human Rights Commission Award Committee recognizes the leadership, dedication and contributions Mr. Eastham has provided to HCPSS students and the community.

HRC Awards 2019 - Dou Alvin Zhang, MD, PhD

Mr. Janssen E. Evelyn, Acting Administrator, Office of Human Rights and Howard County Council Member Deb Jung presenting Dr. Dou Alvin Zhang with the 2019 Human Rights Award and Proclamation from the Howard County Council for his compassion and dedication in supporting those who are in need of healthcare. (pictured left to right)

A board-certified internist and cardiologist, Dou Alvin Zhang, MD, PhD believes healthcare is one of the most basic human rights. It is this belief that led Dr. Zhang and other like-minded physicians in Howard County to establish the Asian American Healthcare Center (AAHC), a volunteer clinic serving low income residents who cannot afford health insurance. Since opening its doors in 2008, AAHC cared for more than 1,250 patients. The Human Rights Commission Award Committee recognizes the time, commitment, and compassion Dr. Zhang has demonstrated in supporting those who are in need of health care, and promoting diversity and inclusion in Howard County.

HRC Awards 2019 - Voices for Change - 3

Howard County Council Member Deb Jung and Mr. Janssen E. Evelyn, Acting Administrator, Office of Human Rights (pictured left to right) presenting Voices for Change (V4C) Youth Coalition members with the 2019 Human Rights Organization Award and Proclamation from the Howard County Council.     

 

Howard County Voices For Change (V4C) is a student-based program comprised of middle and high school students from diverse backgrounds and perspectives focused on creating opportunities to support the community in the broader student population. These future leaders of the world identify issues impacting their peers and work together to develop strategies to address these issues, celebrate diversity and promote an inclusive environment where everyone’s voice can be heard. The Human Rights Commission recognizes the commitment and enthusiasm Voices for Change Youth Coalition has demonstrated in supporting positive change for all students in Howard County.