Southern Maryland College Fair

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Hollywood Fire Department Social Hall

Southern Maryland College Fair-- Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at Hollywood Fire Department Social Hall College Fair-St. Mary's County Public Schools, in collaboration with Calvert County Public Schools, St. Mary's Ryken High School, the College of Southern Maryland, and the St. Mary's County Memorial Libraries are pleased to host the twenty-seventh annual Southern Maryland College Fair.  This cooperative effort will bring to Southern Maryland the largest college fair held in the area.  Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at the Hollywood Fire Department Session 1: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Session 2: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Town Hall Meeting - Topic:  Educational Equity

September 18, 2019

More details to follow...

NAACP Monthly Branch Meeting
September 26, 2019- 6:30

Chat with Dr. Scott Smith, Superintendent

St. Mary’s County Public Schools

Members of the Board of Education (Invited)
Southern Maryland Higher Education Center
44219 Airport Rd, California, MD 20619
Equity & Diversity? Safe Schools? Achievement? Policy Input? more...
Contact:  Dr. Janice T. Walthour 301-863-3011

Southern MD Town Hall Meeting

Maryland’s Schools: A Blueprint for the Future
Sunday, September 29, 2019
2pm - 4 pm (doors open at 1:30)
Middleham and St. Peter’s Smith Hall
10210 HG Trueman Road, Lusby

A question and answer period will follow.
Information at: / /

November Soil Collections Ceremony

Set for St. Mary's and Montgomery Counties

November 1, 2019

The Equal Justice Initiative recently informed coalitions in St. Mary's and Montgomery Counties that it has approved the coalitions' proposals for soil collection ceremonies to commemorate racial terror lynchings in those counties -
On Friday, November 1, 2019, Maryland Emancipation Day, the Big Conversation Partnership of St. Mary's County on Dismantling Racism in Southern Maryland will hold a soil collection ceremony to commemorate the 1887 lynching of Benjamin Hance in Leonardtown.

The ceremony is being held in partnership with the Equal Justice Initiative and will take place in the afternoon (time TBA) at:
     Port of Leonardtown Winery
     23190 Newtowne Neck Road
     Leonardtown, Maryland 20650

Volunteers are welcome. Contact: Karen Stone at

8th Annual Southern Maryland

Spring College & Career Fair

featuring Historically Black Colleges and

Universities (HBCUs) and local colleges

and career organizations on Friday, January 24, 2020 at the University System of Maryland At Southern Maryland (formerly Southern Maryland Higher Education Center) located at 44219 Airport Road, California, Maryland 20619.  Learn more

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Dismantling Racism & Privilege

in Southern Maryland
Diversity& Inclusion in Our

Schools and Community
The St. Mary’s County NAACP   Partners with The Big Conversation Partnership for Dismantling Racism and Privilege in Southern Maryland.
         "ISMs"- Racism is fundamentally structural in nature…..“ISMS” is a way of describing any attitude, action or institutional structure that subordinates (oppresses) a person or group because of their target group, color (racism), gender (sexism), economic status (classism), older age (ageism), religion (e.g., anti-Semitism), sexual orientation (heterosexism), language/immigrant status (xenophobism),ableism,  etc.    Source: Institute for Democratic Renewal and Project Change Anti-Racism Initiative. A Community Builder's Tool Kit. Claremont, Calif.: Claremont Graduate University.
Our partners   are working to enhance and promote a deeper understanding of race and race relations in St. Mary’s County and the entire tri-county region.  We will be providing and/or supporting systemic planning   for change and helping to implement programs and projects that   educate and mobilize people to help build a fair and just community for all.   Join us to collaborate and participate in activities/events from the perspectives of self, family, community and civic engagement.  Partnership programming will provide exposure to cultural, historical and contemporary experiences for reflecting on and discussing race, race relations and the scientific histories of race in the United States and more.   Via our website, face book activities, flyers, word of mouth etc. we will share information with individuals, young and old, and will employ concepts for learning across ethnic, cultural, gender, ability and orientation lines.   For more information check out the links and pdfs below!
Quarterly NAACP/Partners meetings are being held with Dr. Scott Smith & Board of Ed Representatives (See questions asked, notes, summaries, information)
PDF - NAACP Partners Diversity & Inclusion- Questions for June 24th Meeting 
PDF -Summary of June 24th Meeting with Supt. & BOE Reps
School To Prison Pipeline report
Report Card -   Maryland- St. Mary’s County
Maryland's Best School Districts: New Rankings Released)

Education Equity Policy

(Looking at Everything Though an

Equity Lens)
NAACP Represented on the SMCPS Task Force

The major focus for insuring equity in Maryland schools is the new Educational Equity Policy that has been approved by the State Board of Education and now must be approved by the Maryland State General Assembly.  It is up for public review but was not passed during this session.  SMCPS has formed a task force to draft a policy for our school system.   The NAACP has members on the task force to   continue the work we are doing to advocate for diversity and inclusion in our schools.  The St. Mary’s County BOE is moving forward with its work on developing a local policy.

                     in Staffing is an ongoing focus of the NAACP – Minority student representation is approximately 23% of the population.  Minority teaching staff represents 10% up from 6%.  More work needs to be done.   Applicants can apply at

Partnering for a Community Youth Center in Lexington Park

We are working in partnership with the Steering Committee for a Community Youth Center in Lexington Park.  The County Commissioners are discussing the prospects of bringing a YMCA to the county as the facility to serve as a Community Youth Center.  The Steering Committee supports this concept and has as its number one priority that the Center be located in Lexington Park.  A study will be conducted by Recs and Parks to determine the best location for the Center in Lexington Park.
 Show your support and sign the petition for a Community Youth Center/YMCA at the link that follows;     
Equal Justice Initiative Project in St. Mary’s County
Benjamin Hance Memorial Project- An NAACP Partnership- We continue to be actively involved in a Memorial Project   that is underway to commemorate St. Mary’s only documented lynching victim, Benjamin Hance.  The St. Mary’s County Museum Division, Karen Stone, director  has taken the lead on getting a memorial marker from the  Equal Justice Institute  which will be  placed in Leonardtown at the Old Jail in front of the Court House  A soil sample from the grounds where the lynching took place will be   collected on  November 1, 2019. It will be taken from the area behind the Leonardtown Winery where the lynching took place.    More details to follow.   See the RJI for more information about lynching in America.

PDF - The Maryland Lynching Project

2019 Scholarships
Attending college can be quite expensive for students and their families. Luckily, there are many college scholarships and contests available to help pay for a college education. Students should seek out and apply for scholarships in which they meet the eligibility requirements.  Check out the full list of Scholarships each month – there are currently over 100 scholarships on the list! More scholarships will be added as they become available. Visit each month.

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Dr. Janice T. Walthour
First-Vice President & Education Committee Chair

The Education Committee seeks to eliminate segregation and other discriminatory practices in public education; studies local educational conditions affecting minority groups; investigates the public school system and school zoning; familiarizes itself with textbook material there from which is racially derogatory; seeks to stimulate school attendance; keep informed of school conditions and strives to correct abuses where found; investigates the effects of standardized and high stakes testing practices; teacher certification; promotes parental involvement in education; and aims to be a center of popular education on the race question and on the work of the Association.

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4:30pm - 6:00pm (Unless otherwise specified)

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