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Date: February 16, 2009
Media Contacts: Marcus Rosano, 240-567-4022; Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970

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Montgomery College Hosts “Brown at 55: The Montgomery County Experience”
Panel Discussion Will Feature Personal Accounts of the Integration of Public Following the Landmark Decision in Brown v. Board of Education

Montgomery College will host a panel discussion titled “Brown at 55: The Montgomery County Experience” on February 24 at 7 p.m. in the Theatre Arts Arena on the Rockville Campus. The panelists will share firsthand accounts as well as historical facts about the desegregation of Montgomery County Public Schools following the1954 Brown v. the Board of Education desegregation case.

One of the panelists, former Congresswoman Connie Morella, will discuss her experiences as a Poolesville High School teacher from 1957-1961. Morella, a former Montgomery College faculty member, served Maryland’s 8th congressional district for 16 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. Most recently, Morella was the U.S. ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development until late 2007.

Another panelist, Nina Clarke, author of the book “History of the Black Public Schools in Montgomery County, Md.” will discuss her experiences as one of the first African American educators to teach white children after Montgomery County schools began to desegregate. Clarke is a community activist, educator, historian, former principal and teacher in the County.

Other guests include Warrick Hill, former Montgomery County Public School teacher and author of the book “Before Us Lies the Timber: The Segregated High School of Montgomery County, Maryland, 1927-1960,” and Dr. Fred Dunn, former principal at Robert E. Peary High School, former vice principal of Wheaton and Sherwood High Schools and the County’s desegregation officer following Brown v. Board of Education.

Copies of Mr. Hill’s book will be available for purchase at the event.

For more information, please contact Dr. Lee Annis at 240-567-7281 or lee.annis@montgomerycollege.edu

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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