ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Executive Calvin Ball is seeking applicants and student applicants interested in serving on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission. Members service three-year terms, while student members – who are non-voting members, serve a one-year term from July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 10th.
Each year, we honor the leadership, life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and continually recognize that his perspective is more important than ever. I encourage our young residents to apply for this position, so they too can be a part of the Commission’s work to build on the lessons of Dr. King and help improve our county.
Established in 1985, the Commission is comprised of 17 members (15 adults and two students) who encourage and coordinate appropriate activities and ceremonies throughout Howard County to honor the birthday, ideals and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Commission also aids local government and private organizations with respect to the observance of the holiday honoring the birthday of the late Dr. King.
To be eligible for consideration, candidates must be a Howard County resident, 18 years or older for adult members or a high school student for student members, and able to attend meetings on the first Wednesday of each month from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Howard County Community Resources Campus, 9820 Patuxent Woods Drive in Columbia. Members must also be able to attend subcommittee meetings and other scheduled meetings.
Interested applicants should email Paul Thompson at [email protected] with the name of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission, their home address and contact information. Included with the email, applicants should attach their resume and a brief letter explaining why they want to serve on the commission. Applicants are asked not to include their contact information, i.e., home address, phone number(s) and email address, on their resume and cover letter. The names of eligible applicants will be submitted to the County Executive for consideration. If approved, the appointment will be forwarded to the County Council for confirmation.
For more information on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission, visit www.howardcountymd.gov/OHRE-mlk or contact Marla Moore with the County’s Office of Human Rights and Equity at 410-313-6430 or email [email protected].