Community Events

2017 Annual Civil Rights Breakfast

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Civil Rights Breakfast FLyer

2017 National Night Out

OCR Director, Jill P. Carter took part in two “National Night Out Events” at which she presented citations to the Community Organizers from Mayor Catherine Pugh, one at the Arlington Elementary School’s  Judy Center, and the other at the Northwest Community Association.

Director Carter and C. Carter Polston at National Night Out

2017 NAACP National Convention: Criminal Justice Workshop

Capacity crowd turns out to hear lively discussion on..."Strengthening Police Oversight" during the NAACP National Convention.

OCR Director, Jill P. Carter was a featured presenter during this workshop that included one of the largest workshop audiences of the 2017 Convention thus far.

Director Carter on the NAACP Panel NAACP workshop participants

Backpack Giveaway at NAACP Convention

OCR Director, Jill P. Carter, joined HYUNDAI Director of Corporate Responsibility, Zefar Brooks, BCPD Deputy Chief, Melvin Russell, and Sincere Soul Recording Artist, Kenny Lattimore in giving out back Packs to BCPS students on Saturday July 22, 2017 at the 108th NAACP national Convention in Baltimore.

Director Carter at the NAACP Convention Backpack Giveaway

NAACP Panel Discussion at the Reginald F. Lewis

OCR Director Jill P. Carter joins Media Analyst Catalina Byrd, Atty. Dwight Petit, Esq. and WEAA-FM Radio Producer/Host Martha Reeves-Jews for a panel discussion on..." "A Path Forward: Remedies for Repairing our Broken System of Justice" sponsored by the local chapter of the NAACP at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum on Saturday July 15th, 2017.

Director Carter participates in a panel discussion as the Reginald F. Lewis

Caribbean Festival

Office of Civil Rights and Wage Enforcement staff shared information about our services during last weekend's successful Caribbean Festival in Baltimore.

Shown here are Andrea Williams (Wage Commission staff ), Evangula Brown (Civilian Review Board staff), and Peyton Murrill, (Volunteer and Andrea's daughter).

OCRWE table at the Caribbean FestEvangula Brown explains the Office of Civil Rights

Director Carter on "On Time" with Tracey Leong

OCR Director, Jill P Carter, on the set at WJZ-TV 13 on ..."On Time", with host Tracey Leong taping segment to be aired on July 16th, 2017, 6:30 a.m., and also rebroadcast on CBS radio. See for more details.

Director Carter and Tracey Leong

Baltimore Uprising and African Diaspora Connection

Office of Civil Rights Director, Jill P. Carter, and was a featured luncheon presenter at Baltimore's World Trade Center on Monday for..." Baltimore Uprising & African Diaspora Connection". In attendance was a delegation of visitors from around the world (Africa, England, the Caribbean, etc.) to Baltimore.

They were exploring among other issues, how the impact of the death of the Freddie Gray two years ago in Police custody is impacting issues of race, and immigration, and policy in the city. The group included two Baltimore Community Relations Commissioners, Adar Ayira, and Adote' Akwei.

Director Carter speaking at the conferenceCommunity Relations Commissioner Adote Akwei and other attendeesCommunity Relations Commissioner Adar Ayira and other attendees

Latino Festival 

Office of Civil Rights staffers, Ginnea Morton, Gregory Logan, Veronica Thomas, Anthony Jemison (Community Relations Commission), and Andrea Williams (Wage Commission) shared information, 'treats" and fellowship with visitors to the annual Latino Festival in Patterson Park over the weekend of June 24th, 2017. Thanks to all the folks who stopped our by table for information, treats, premiums, and just plain old conversation. The festival was a huge success.

Ginnea Morton at Latino Fest

Dancers at Latino Fest

Baltimore City Young Democrats Meeting

Office of Civil Rights Director, Jill P. Carter shares a conversation on the Baltimore "Consent Decree" with other panel members during the monthly meeting of the Baltimore City Young Democrats, 6/22/17.

Director Carter at the Young Democrats Meeting

Know Your Rights Presentation

OCRWE staff member (Jill Muth/Civilian Review Board) gives..."Know Your Rights" workshop at..."Living Classrooms" facility in Patterson Park, 6/19/17, sponsored by Americorps Public Allies and in conjunction with the Baltimore City Health Department. This presentation was developed to inform civilians of their rights during interactions with law enforcement. 

Know Your Rights Presentation

Pride 2017

OCRWE staffer Jill Muth (Civilian Review Board) walked with other City employees in the 2017 Pride parade and distributed information on the office to local businesses and residents. 

City Employees at Pride 2017

Mayor's Call to Action Workshops

OCR Director, Jill P. Carter and staff participated in the "Mayor's Call to Action" workshops on Saturday June 10th, at Baltimore City Community College , and provided information on.. "How to file a Complaint" with the Civilian Review Board including brochures, and Complaint Forms.

Director Carter, spoke about the work of the Civilian Review Board, and the role of the new..."Community Oversight Task Force", mandated by the recently signed Consent Decree entered into by the U. S. Department of Justice, the Baltimore City Government, and the Baltimore City Police Department.

Director Carter participates in the Mayor's Call to Action Workshop

Mayor Pugh presents at the workshop

2017 Baccalaureate Service at New Unity Baptist Church

Office of Civil Rights Director, Jill P. Carter, was the keynote speaker at the 2017 Baccalaureate Service for New Unity Baptist Church in Baltimore on Sunday June 11th, as the congregation celebrated its 2017 class of graduates, K through college. She was accompanied by Deputy Director, Sharita Thomas who joined her on the receiving line and also participated in the service.

The host minister is Rev. Johnny Golden. The church, (a historic building) is located on the corner of Franklin and Cathedral Streets in Baltimore. The theme of the service was.."A Celebration of Excellence".

Director Carter in the Receiving LineDirector Carter with GraduateDirector Carter with GraduateDirector Carter gives a speech at New Unity Baptist Church

Portrait Unveiling of Judge Kaplan

Office of Civil Rights Director, Jill P. Carter attended a special portrait unveiling for retired Chief Judge of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Joseph H. H. Kaplan at the Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. Courthouse last evening (6/8/17).

Others in attendance included Maryland Court of Appeals Judge Shirley M. Watts.

Artist Mark Adams is shown beside his rendering and the special (profile) sketch of Judge Kaplan which Adams presented to the judge and his family.

Baltimore City Council President, Jack Young, and Councilman Robert Stokes (not shown) were also in attendance.

Artist Mark Adams with Judge Kaplan Portrait

Portrait Ceremony Attendees

Outstanding Community Service Awards at the Universoul Circus

Office of Civil Rights Director, Jill P. Carter is shown presenting awards for "Outstanding Community Service" to hosts of the "Frank M. Conaway Radio Show" (1010-AM), given by the " UniverSoul Circus".

Director Carter joined Mayor Catherine Pugh who served as "Ring Master" for this year's event, founded twenty-four years ago by Baltimore's own Edmondson Village resident Cedric Walker.

The recipients are: Nzinga Shakir, Atty. Dwight Petit, Esq., and Carlton Douglass.

Director Carter with Award Recipient

Director Carter with Award Recipient

Director Carter with Award Recipient

Thomas Jefferson Elementary /Middle School Graduation Ceremony

Office of Civil Rights & Wage Enforcement Director, Jill P. Carter is shown with students and Instructor, Portia Stokes Williams following her graduation speech for the Thomas Jefferson Elementary/ Middle School ceremonies 6/6/17 at the Gala Center in Windsor Mills, MD. 

Director Carter with Thomas Jefferson students

Director Carter with Thomas Jefferson students

Maryland Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Seminar 2017

OCRWE staffers, Shaun Clark (Civilian Review Board, Investigator) Anthony Jemison, Esq. (Community Relations Commission, Investigator) Jesmond Riggins, Esq. (Civilian Review Board, Supervisor) and (not shown) Evangula Brown, (Civilian Review Board, Investigator) attended the 
Maryland Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Seminar 2017 on May 25th, 2017 in Laurel, MD.

The training covered: The State of 'Hate' across the country, Maryland Reporting Requirements, Law Enforcement Response to Hate Crimes and Incidents/Best Practices among other topics.

Jesmond Riggins and Anthony Jemison at the Seminar

Shaun Clark and Anthony Jemison

Ban the Box Meetings 2017

Office of Civil Rights & Wage Enforcement (OCRWE) staff person Ginnea Morton who is an Investigator for the Community Relations Commission held the first of several planned meetings today with Monica Cooper, Executive Director of the Maryland Justice Project, (MJP) and Emma Simpson, MJP Account Executive to discuss ways for both offices to work closer together in the future on issues related to..."Ban the Box".

The law makes it illegal for employers to conduct a criminal record check, or ask you if you have a criminal history before they give you a conditional offer of employment.

Ban the Box Meeting

Ban the Box Meeting 2


Combatting Hate Crimes in 2017 with Attorney General Brian Frosh

Combatting Hate Crime in 2017 Flyer

OCRWE Staff John Wesley (Public Information Officer), Shaun Clark (Civilian Review Board Investigator), and Jill Muth (Special Assistant to the Civilian Review Board) were pleased to join community members, elected officials, and stakeholders at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore on May 18, 2017 for  a discussion on combatting hate crimes in 2017. Guest speakers included MD Attorney General Brian Frosh, Delegates Carlos Sanchez, Shelly Hettleman and Sandy Rosenberg, Lydia Walther-Rodriguez from CASA de Maryland, Raees Khan from the Greater Baltimore Muslim Council and Doron Ezickson of the Anti-Defamation League.

Presenters from Combating Hate Crimes in 2017

Presentation by Shelly HettlemanDelegate Sandy Rosenberg, Delegate Carlos Sanchez, Delegate Angela Gibson, OCRWE staff Jill Muth and Speaker Pro Tem Adrienne A. Jones  

Delegate Shelly Hettleman spoke about the constituents she serves and how hate crimes have effected them in 2017. OCRWE staff were inspired to meet local leaders such as Delegate Sandy Rosenberg, Delegate Carlos Sanchez,  Delegate Angela Gibson and Speaker Pro Tem Adrienne A. Jones. 

Community Event for Seniors at Pleasantview Gardens

Community Event at Pleasantview Gardens

On Wednesday, May 10, 2017, Public Information Officer John Wesley and Community Relations Representative Anthony Jemison attended a community event at Pleasantview Gardens to provide resources and information to seniors on the services that the Office of Civil Rights provides. 

Anthony Jemison speaking to a Community MemberAnthony Jemison speaking to a Community Member

Director Carter's Visit to Guilford Elementary School

Director Carter with Guilford Elementary Students

On April 21, 2017 Director Jill P. Carter visited students at Guilford Elementary school to talk to them about Civil Rights and the legacy of Walter P. Carter. The school is destined to merge with Walter P. Carter Elementary, which in named in honor of her father.

The one hour session involved a discussion about Ms. Carter's father's work during the Civil Rights Movement to bring about equality for all, as well as Ms. Carter's career as a MD. State legislator, and her current role as Director of the Office of Civil Rights & Wage Enforcement.

Students completing Civil Rights Activity at Guilford ElementaryStudents Introduce Director Carter

Students completed a motivational life-mapping activity, and colored photos of civil rights leaders.

Community Panel Discussion 

Panel for the Gilmor Homes Community

On April 18, 2017 Civilian Review Board Investigator Shaun Clark  and OCRWE Public Information Officer John Milton Wesley joined other panelists at the New Genesis Total Praise Center, Inc.  for a community discussion on how to be more proactive in improving the quality of life in their community, and how the OCRWE can help.

Brochures about OCRWE services were distributed, including complaint forms and contact information.

Panel on civil rights and community at the Genesis Total Praise Center

Baltimore Police Department's Spring 2017 Citizen's Academy

Crime Scene Investigation Class

Staff of the Civilian Review Board participated in the Baltimore Police Citizen's Academy to learn more about police policies and procedures. Topics covered include use of force and de-escalation, crime scene investigation, constitutional law, crisis response, technology, and more. 

Deputy Director and Special Assistant Participating in Crime Scene Investigation Class

Deputy Director Sharita Thomas and Special Assistant Jill Muth participate in a crime scene investigation scenario. 

"Swimming in Baltimore" Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Director Carter with Swimming in Baltimore Panel

Director Carter participated in a panel discussion with Megan Sherman, Jayne Miller, and Taya Graham, following a screening of the film "Swimming in Baltimore: How Poverty Works" at the University of Baltimore. 

2017 Fashion Umbrella Gala 

Director Carter with Fashion Umbrella Award Recipients

Director Carter was proud to represent Mayor Pugh as a presenter of Mayoral Citations to the 2017 Fashion Umbrella Awards Recipients. This year's recipients were Baltimore City Council President Bernard "Jack" Young, Tiffany Tate, Jearlean Taylor, Matthew Biegel, and Sally DiMarco.

Annual Breakfast for Mothers of Murdered Sons and Daughters

Speakers at the M.O.M.S.D. Breakfast

On Sunday, March 19th, Director Carter attended the annual fundraising breakfast for Mothers of Murdered Sons and Daughters. M.O.M.S.D. is an organization created to provide support to Baltimore families impacted by homicide.

 SA Marilyn Mosby, Dr. Karsonya Whitehead, Director Carter, Mr. Norman Johnson, Mrs Judy Cox, Judge Sylvester Cox, Sharita Thomas

Director Carter at the M.O.M.S.D. Breakfast with SA Marilyn Mosby, Dr. Karsonya Whitehead, Mr. Norman Johnson, Mrs. Judy Cox, Judge Sylvester Cox, Ms. Sharita Thomas.  

Civil Rights History at Thomas Jefferson Elementary Middle School


Director Carter came to Thomas Jefferson Elementary Middle and gave a presentation on the history of the Civil  Rights Movement to the 5th-grade class.  We are always happy to bring civil rights education to learners of all ages! 

National Human Rights Day In Annapolis        

Director Carter speaking at Human Rights Day

Director Carter was proud to speak at Human Rights Day 2017 in Annapolis. Thanks to the Maryland Association of Human Rights/Relations Agency for the invitation to this important event!             

Director Carter with Alvin Gillard and Syeetah Hampton-El

Present at the event were Executive Director of the Maryland Commission on Human Rights, MAHRA President and former Director of the Office of Civil Rights and Wage Enforcement, Mr. Alvin Gillard, and Ms. Syeetah Hampton-El Esq., Community Relations Commissioner and family advocacy attorney. 

Black History Month Healthy Cooking Demo from The Land of Kush

On Tuesday, February 14th, at the invitation of Mayor Pugh and Director Carter and Deputy Director Thomas attended an event at City Hall to celebrate Black History Month and healthy cooking. Chef Gregory Brown and Chef Naijha Wright-Brown, co-owners of the Land of Kush, along with Mayor Catherine Pugh worked together to prepare healthy vegan soul food recipes as part of Baltimore Black History Month and an effort from the Baltimore Food Policy Initiative and the Baltimore City Health Department to create conversations about healthy eating and exercise. Director Carter thanks Mayor Pugh for the invitation, and Chef Gregory and Chef Naijha for the informative demo and the delicious food! African American cultural heritage preservation and access to healthy food are two vital civil rights issues, and we were so happy to be there to support this wonderful event.

 Director Carter and Chef Naijha  Director Carter and Chef Naijha 
Director Carter and Chef Naijha Wright-Brown 

  Mayor Pugh, Chef Naijha, Chef Gregory

Chef Naijha Wright-Brown, Mayor Catherine Pugh, and Chef Gregory Brown cooking together.           

Hispanic Community Resource Events

The Office of Civil Rights wishes to thank Internal Affairs Division, Baltimore Police Department, Lakeland Elementary/Middle School, St. Patrick's Catholic Church, and Salem United Methodist Church for allowing us to be a part of your community resource presentations and help community members learn more about the Civilian Review Board! 

La Oficina de Derechos Civiles quiere agradecer a La División de Asuntos Internos, Departamento de Policía de Baltimore, Lakeland Elementary/Middle School, y La Iglesia Metodista Unida Salem Baltimore Hispana para brindarnos la oportunidad de ser parte de sus presentaciones de recursos en la comunidad, y ayudar a los miembros aprender más sobre la Junta de Revista Civil!

CRB Presentation in Salem UMC ChurchGroup standing in front of UMC Salem