Verizon Supports Cultural Diversity in Maryland With a Free Black History Month Open House at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Verizon hosted a statewide Black History Month celebration and open house with government and community leaders at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture.

During the recent open house, guests explored the museum, recognized past and present history makers, and enjoyed a day full of educational activities and entertainment, featuring food, educational gifts for the first 200 children, laptop door prizes and more.

Guests at the open house included: Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young, Maryland Senator and Chair of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland Catherine Pugh, NAACP President (Baltimore City Branch) Tess Hill-Aston, and Greater Baltimore Urban League President J. Howard Henderson.  The Morgan State University Choir performed during a special recognition program at noon.

"Verizon's long-standing commitment to diversity is based on a culture of inclusiveness that leverages the diversity of employees, customers, suppliers and community partners," said William R. Roberts, president of Verizon in Maryland and Washington, D.C.  "Black History Month is a great opportunity for us to celebrate and honor those individuals who have made a significant contribution and commitment in the past, and those who continue to make a difference today."

Verizon recognized key Marylanders in the areas of education, religion and nonprofit leadership.  Recipients of the 2011 Past and Present History Makers Award are:

Baltimore City

  • The Rev. Dr. Agnes Alston (retired)
  • The Rev. Dr. Marion C. Bascom of Douglas Memorial Community Church
  • Dean Marcella A. Copes of Coppin State University's Helene Fuld School of Nursing
  • The Rev. Dr. Vernon Dobson of Union Baptist Church
  • James Hamlin, president and CEO of The Royal Theater & Community Heritage Corporation
  • Cheryl Hitchcock, vice president of Morgan State University
  • Major Melvin Russell, commander of The Eastern District Police Station
  • Dr. Charles Simmons, president and founder of Sojourner-Douglass College
  • The Rev. Dr. Alfred C.D. Vaughn of Sharon Baptist Church
  • The Rev. Dr. Marcus G. Wood of Providence Baptist Church

Baltimore County

  • Dr. James G. Gresham of New Antioch Baptist Church of Randallstown - Academic Center for Excellence
  • Superintendent Joe A. Hairston of Baltimore County Public Schools

Howard County

  • Kenneth M. Jennings Jr. of The Council of Elders of the Black Community of Howard County

Prince George's County

  • The Rev. Dr. Kerry A. Hill of New Chapel Baptist Church
  • Bishop Shirley Holloway of House of Help City of Hope
  • M.A. "Mike" Little of the Prince George's County Black Chamber of Commerce

Montgomery County

  • Dr. George B. Thomas Sr. of The George B. Thomas Sr. Learning Academy

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