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Black History Month Events

In honor of Black History Month, the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights is teaming up with many of our incredible partners to bring you impactful and insightful programs. All events are virtual, free and open to the public. Please follow the registration links below to save your spot today - information on how to access each event will be sent to event registrants.

A House Is Not a Home: Structural Anti-Blackness,
Gender and Housing Discrimination

Monday, February 8, 2021
6:30pm to 8:30pm
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An interactive presentation exploring key definitions of race and gender as they have shifted and evolved in the afterlife of chattel slavery. We then utilize these definitions as a foundation to examine systemic barriers to fair housing for Black women, including but not limited to disenfranchisement, misogynoir, sexual harassment and domestic violence.​​​ Presented by Dr. Kara Hunt from the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights. Registration closes one hour before the start of the program. A valid email address is needed at registration to send a Zoom link to the program 30 minutes before scheduled start.

Reviewing the Redline: Impediments to Fair Housing

Wednesday, February 17, 2021
6:00pm to 8:00pm
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Did you know that for hundreds of years, it was legal—and even encouraged—to prevent Black people from owning homes? This process of exclusion, called redlining, persists today and impacts not only homeowners but also renters. This presentation examines the roots of housing discrimination targeting Black Americans and provides insight into impediments to fair housing across Maryland including local and statewide issues and resources. In addition, participants will be provided with information regarding filing charges of discrimination and local grassroots organizations working to end housing disparities. Join Dr. Kara Hunt, Director of Education & Outreach for the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights, for an informative discussion and analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing for African Americans.

This event is brought to you by the Charles County Public Library System and the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights, in partnership with the Worchester County Library, the Howard County Library System, and the Kent County Public Library.

The CROWN Act: Presentation and Discussion

Monday, February 22, 2021
12:00pm to 2:00pm
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Glendora Hughes, General Counsel of the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights, will provide an overview of the CROWN Act, which prohibits race-based discrimination on the basis of hairstyle and texture. The CROWN Act took effect in Maryland on October 1, 2020. Zoom links will be sent to the registered email address prior to the event.

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