PRINCE GEORGE’S CO., Md. (February 26, 2010) – Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown spent the morning in Prince George’s County today where he participated in several Black History Month events with high school students and senior citizens. Lt. Governor Brown engaged AP History students from Wise High School in Upper Marlboro in a “town hall” style conversation about the contributions of African American leaders and opportunities presented to African American students. Later, he visited seniors at the Gwendolyn Britt Senior Activity Center in North Brentwood and participated in the Center’s Black History Month program.
“This month we celebrate the history and achievements of Black Americans. We celebrate the contributions, large and small, that have made our country the great nation that it is today,” said Lt. Governor Brown. “In every corner of Maryland, we value the dignity of every individual and recognize that each of us has a responsibility in our own way to advance the common good. Our diversity is our greatest strength, and day by day, we will continue to thrive and make great progress in our schools, our neighborhoods, our workplaces and our homes. It is a pleasure to celebrate our history with the residents and students of Prince George’s County.”
Brown spoke with students from Mr. Will Thomas’ AP History classes and was joined during the town hall by Leslie Hall, a former Student Member of Prince George’s Board of Education, and Amber Simmons, President of the University of Maryland Black Student Union. Last year, Thomas was recognized as the Prince George’s County 2009 Teacher of the Year Honoree. Angie Ang, a radio personality from WKYS-FM, moderated the town hall and provided final thoughts about the conversation.
The Gwendolyn Britt Senior Activity Center invited Lt. Governor Brown to speak during their 4th Annual Black History Month Celebration where he was joined by North Brentwood Mayor Petrella Robinson and Center Director Regina Jackson. Gwendolyn Britt Senior Activity Center was opened in May 2009 and provides town seniors with activities, games, clubs, classes and trips and is named in honor of the late State Senator Britt, a noted civil rights leader.
In addition to today’s events, Brown performed last night in a play, “Full Truth,” alongside Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge George Bell. Brown played the role of Spottswood Robinson, a former colleague of Justice Thurgood Marshall’s at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.