Meets regularly to plan the overall direction of MoCoLMP, set priorities for the coming year, and raise funds as needed. As the leadership team, the Steering Committee represents MoCoLMP to the public and to the other organizations. The Committee collaborates with the Maryland Lynching Memorial Project and the Montgomery County Commission on Remembrance and Reconciliation, and is the liaison with the Equal Justice Initiative.
Members: Beth Baker, Tony Cohen, Alexa Fraser, Holly Syrrakos, Derrick Tabor
History and Exhibits Committee
Conducts original research by collecting oral histories and documentation, in collaboration with other individuals, organizations, and communities. The committee planned and led the Remembrance Walk in Rockville that highlighted the history of local Black communities, including the paths of two lynching victims. The Remembrance Walk was also the subject of a photo exhibit which has been displayed in public libraries and schools in the County. The committee will also be working on a Remembrance Journey for Poolesville.
Facilitator: Paul Holmes
Leads outreach efforts to teachers and students in public and private schools in the County. It implemented a successful Racial Justice Essay Contest for high school students, with the support of the Equal Justice Initiative. The committee conducts workshops on how to teach difficult history and how to incorporate this history into literature and poetry instruction. It also recruit students to volunteer at MoCoLMP events.
Facilitators: Caitlin Atkins and Lesley Younge
Creates the member newsletter, updates the website, and posts to social media. It also conducts media outreach and publicity efforts for major events.
Facilitator: Beth Baker