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Date: February 10, 2006
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

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Montgomery College to Host Black History Program
Event to Feature Talks on Business, Entrepreneurship, Coretta Scott King

Montgomery College will host a Black History Month Program on Feb. 22, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., at the Theatre Arts Arena on the Rockville Campus, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville. The morning will feature talks by Joshua I. Smith and Solomon Graham on the future of African Americans in business and entrepreneurship. The final speaker, Reverend Dr. Ruby Moone, will pay tribute to the legacies of Coretta Scott King and Rosa Parks.

Joshua I. Smith is chairman and managing partner of The Coaching Group, an organization that provides advising and consulting services to the CEOs of portfolio companies. Smith serves of the board of directors of three Fortune 100 companies and was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Advisory Board of Sodexho, Inc., and the General Council on Finance and Administration of the United Methodist Church Foundation. The Governor of Maryland appointed Smith to the Board of the Maryland Small Business Development Financing Authority.

Solomon Graham is president of Quality Biological, member of the Montgomery College Macklin Business Institute’s Board of Advisers, chairman of the Montgomery College Foundation’s Scholarship Committee, and president of Leadership Montgomery. Under his leadership, Montgomery College’s scholarship program has doubled its donations from area businesses, foundations, organizations, and individuals to help more than 400 students each year. In 2003, Graham won the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce’s Montgomery Business Spirit of Free Enterprise Award.

Reverend Dr. Ruby Moone serves as president of the Maryland chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). The SCLC is a nonprofit, non-sectarian, inter-faith, advocacy organization that is committed to non-violent action to achieve social, economic, and political justice. Rev. Moone also serves as one of the chaplains at the University of Maryland Memorial Chapel.
 
The event is co-sponsored by the Montgomery College Office of Workforce Development and Continuing Education and the African American Chamber of Commerce of Montgomery County. For more information, contact Kenneth Nelson from Montgomery College at 301-562-5516 or Kenneth.nelson@montgomerycollege.edu.

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