February 24, 2020

Media Contacts:

Mark Miller, Administrator, Office of Public Information, 410-313-2022
Yolanda F. Sonnier, Administrator, Human Rights Office, 410-313-6430

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Executive Calvin Ball is seeking adult and student applicants interested in serving on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission. Adult voting members serve five-year terms, whereas student non-voting members serve one-year terms from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 27, 2020.

"It is paramount to remember and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, who inspired generations and led a historical movement to ensure equal rights for all," said Howard County Executive Calvin Ball. "I encourage Howard County residents to apply to the board, and be an active voice in planning the annual activities honoring Dr. King."

Comprised of 17 members, 15 adults and two students, the Commission was established in 1985 to encourage and coordinate appropriate activities and ceremonies throughout Howard County to honor the birthday, ideals and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In addition, the Commission provides assistance to 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 adults and under the age of 18 for students, and able to attend meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Resources Campus, 9820 Patuxent Woods Drive in Columbia.

Applicants should send a resume and a brief letter explaining why they want to serve on the Commission to Kimberly Pruim either by email to [email protected] or by mail to: Howard County Government, Office of the County Executive, Attn: Kimberly Pruim, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043. The names of eligible applicants will be submitted to the County Executive for approval and then to the County Council for confirmation.

For more information on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission, visit www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/County-Administration/Human-Rights/B… or contact Evelyn Boulware with the County’s Office of Human Rights at 410-313-6457 or email [email protected].

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