The Prince George's County Office of Human Rights works to actively engage our community by providing meaningful content and opportunities for learning and growth.
The Prince George’s County Office of Human Rights turned fifty in July 2022. As part of our fiftieth year celebrations, we look to the spirit of Theresa Douglas Banks, who advocated tirelessly for the need for an agency such as ours in Prince George’s County and who was listed as a honorary councilmember when the bill founding our office passed in 1972. Theresa Douglas Banks was a public servant, a volunteer, a teacher, an activist, and a guiding light. It is our honor to continue to serve and to highlight her legacy, and we welcome you to join us in our events this year that celebrate her spirit, her energy, and that lift up the many in our community, our nation, and our world that continue the work to which her life was so devoted.
Check out the below links for registration, more information, or to watch previous programming (when available). Check back often as we will continue to update and post-viewing and registration links as soon as they are available.
Learn more about our ongoing Freedom Stories collaboration with Joe's Movement Emporium, Prince George's County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS), and Prince George's Community College's Center for the Performing Arts here.
Some of our upcoming events include:
The Prince George’s County Human Trafficking Task Force is hosting a virtual regional conference January 25, 2023 to January 26, 2023, in recognition of Human Trafficking Awareness Month. The Conference will include several collaborative bodies and task forces from within the State and region with the goal of identifying human trafficking trends, learning what others are encountering, and developing best practices for combatting human trafficking. Presentations from several regions will cover important topics such as child sex trafficking multi-disciplinary teams, race and human trafficking service provision, coordinating an effective hospital response, and human trafficking data and analytics across disciplines. The public is welcome. Please join us at the below link beginning at 10 am ET on January 25, 2023.
February 7, 2023 at 7 pm - We host a Black History Month special event with PGCMLS and Joe's Movement Emporium as guests discuss the impact Black musicians have made in classical music and the arts. Featuring celebrated composers and musicians Nevilla Ottley, George Shirley, Alexander Strachan, and Lelia-Michelle Walker. Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlNLRZiC1Tc
February 23, 2023 at 7 pm - As part of our Black History Month programming, we join PGCMLS in welcoming local author Courtney Duke Foster in conversation about her new book Passing Notes, a dynamic study on friendship, colorism, and life in the 1950s. Set a reminder to join us here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJB_SUc3DcQ
February 28, 2023 at 7 pm - Our Elephant We Don't See Diversity Dialogue series with PGCMLS kicks off 2023 celebrating Black History Month looking at "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave." Set a reminder to join us here as this important series resumes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17yluszNLZk
March 1, 2023 - We host local author and University of Maryland scholar Dr. Kris Marsh in conversation about her new book, The Love Jones Cohort, in person at the Greenbelt Branch Library beginning at 6 pm.
... and many more! Check back soon as we update this page regularly.
Recently held events include:
January 14, 2023 at 6 pm - Our Freedom Stories initiative continued with a staged reading of Out of the Vineyard at PGCC Center for the Performing Arts followed by a panel discussion featuring A Question of Freedom author Dr. William G. Thomas, playwright Psalmayene 24, director Tony Thomas, and Office of Human Rights Executive Director Battle-Brooks. Learn more about Freedom Stories here.
December 6, 2022 at 6:00 pm - We were thrilled to welcome best-selling author Rabia Chaudry for an in-person conversation and book-signing at the Greenbelt Branch Library. This event was also live-streamed and can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciu42owzlbE. In partnership with PGCMLS and University of Maryland's Center for Literary and Comparative Studies.
November 9, 2022 at 7 pm - We joined with PGCMLS in hosting Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa in conversation about her beautiful, important book A Woman of Endurance, which tells the story of an woman enslaved in Puerto Rico. Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8KMBk6DAFI.
On October 12, 2022 at 7 pm - In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Prince George’s County Office of Human Rights presented Celebrating Latino Achievement. This one-hour virtual, bilingual event highlighted two distinguished Hispanic Prince Georgians for their accomplishments and service to the County: advocate and civic leader Ashanti Martinez and Prince George’s County Board of Education student member Alvaro Ceron-Ruiz. The panel also featured artist MISS CHELOVE, a native of Prince George's County whose work has been inspired by the diversity of the local community. Celebrating Latino Achievement recognized the rich and meaningful way our Hispanic and Latin neighbors positively impact Prince George’s County, highlights the diversity of the County, and reflected on the impact and inspiration the Hispanic and Latin diaspora provides for the community as a whole.
August 30, 2022 at 7 pm: Our Elephant We Don't See Diversity Dialogue with PGCMLS continues as we discuss Arshay Cooper's A Most Beautiful Thing. Long-time co-host Michelle Hamiel has taken a new position and so this evening's conversation will include two special guest co-hosts representing both the library and the Office of Human Rights. Set a reminder to tune in here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vd31Omwqi5M
June 22, 2022 at 6:30 pm. We supported PGCMLS at their in-person event at the Oxon Hill Branch Library with Tony Massenburg and Walt Williams on "Lessons from Lenny: The Journey Beyond A Shooting Star". Watch it here: https://youtu.be/eQYJQWDPpvg
May 23, 2022 at 6:30 pm - We joined PGCMLS for an in-person author conversation with Reyna Grande and guest host Lupita Aquino at the Hyattsville Branch Library.
May 18, 2022 at 7 pm - Findley and Chris Talk Truth, our disability discussion series with PGCMLS, continued with special guests Jason Broughton, Director of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled and John Owen, Director, Maryland State Library of the Blind & Print Disabled. With guest co-host Kyla Hanington. Watch this lively conversation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNE9uWl3vJM
May 2, 2022 at 7 pm. https://pgcmls.info/event/5880597A Question of Freedom Freedom Stories
March 24, 2022 at 7 pm. We welcomed back author John Elizabeth Stintzi on their incredible new work, My Volcano, an ultimately hopeful eco-horror work for our times. Watch that conversation here.. In partnership with PGCMLS.
March 16, 2022 at 7 pm. Our disability-themed series with PGCMLS, Chris and Findley Talk Truth, continued with special guest Eric Garcia about autism and his important book We Are Not Broken. Check out that dynamic conversation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NJscnyVVk4
February 10, 2022 - Ground-breaking writer Wanda Lloyd joined us to talk about Coming Full Circle: From Jim Crow to Journalism as part of our ongoing partnership with PGCMLS and NewSouth Books.
February 3, 2022 at 7 pm - In honor of World Interfaith Harmony Week, we joined event partners the Rumi Forum and PGCMLS in hosting a panel discussion on "How Do We Deal With Covid, Social Injustice, and Polarization?". See it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sarvq_MWUp0
December 9, 2021 at 7 pm - We welcomed authors Frye Gaillard and Marti Rosner in conversation about their book The Slave Who Went to Congress, as part of our ongoing series with PGCMLS and NewSouth Books. Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5OFv3lEamc
December 6, 2021 at 7 pm - We welcomed Dr. Bruce Mitchell from NCRC and real estate professional Chazi Diggs for our Does Your Zip Code Impact Your Whole Life series, this one focused on housing. See it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEyGCKy6VKM
December 1, 2021 at 7 pm - Guest host, award-winning writer Kendra Allen, spoke to Iowa Prize Winner Sufiya Abdur-Rahman about Heir to the Crescent Moon. See it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zUmbxm08uE - Event in partnership with PGCMLS.
October 12, 2021 at 5 pm. We are proud to support PGCMLS in the One Maryland One Book events for 2021, featuring Ross Gay and The Book of Delights. On the 12th we co-hosted a book discussion and are pleased to have been able to partner on another fantastic One Maryland One Book series.
October 6, 2021 - We were thrilled to welcome legendary civil rights leader, Dolores Huerta, in conversation. Watch our conversation with this exceptional, inspiring activist here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8N2L3HketE0. Proudly presented in partnership with the Prince George's County Memorial Library System.
September 28, 2021 at 7 pm - Our Elephant We Don't See Diversity Dialogue series with PGCMLS continued as we discussed Carmen Maria Machado's In The Dream House.
September 23, 2021 at 4 pm. Our YA book discussion series with PGCMLS continued as we get together to talk about Raina Telemeier's graphic novel, Ghosts. Readers of all ages are invited to join us! Please register in advance here: https://www.pgcmls.info/event/5375836
September 20, 2021 - We welcomed ground-breaking Latinx poet, C.T. Salazar, in conversation about writing, identity, and librarianship as community-building. This Hispanic Heritage month event was brought to you in partnership with PGCMLS.
September 14, 2021 - Jennifer De Leon in conversation on her new essay collection, White Space. This Hispanic Heritage month event was brought to you in partnership with PGCMLS.
September 9, 2021 at 7 pm - We welcomed civil rights icon Bob Zellner in conversation about Wrong Side of Murder Creek. Brought to you in partnership with PGCMLS and NewSouth Books.
August 31, 2021 at 7 pm - our Elephant We Don't See Diversity Dialogue series with PGCMLS continued as we discussed Anne Moody's Coming of Age in Mississippi.
August 25, 2021 at 7 pm - We once again supported PGCMLS in their LGBTQ+ Literature Discussion Series with Rev. Norman Allen. Learn more about this fun discussion series here: https://www.pgcmls.info/event/5181654
August 3, 2021 at 7 pm - we joined PGCMLS in welcoming Glenn Singleton in conversation on Courageous Conversations About Race with guest host Jarvis Givens.
July 27 at 7 pm - Our Elephant We Don't See Diversity Dialogue with PGCMLS continued as we discussed Killers of the Flower Moon.
July 26, 2021, at 7 pm. On the anniversary of the ADA, we welcome young disability activist Findley Holland in discussion with Christopher Neuhaus about disability awareness with PGCMLS.
July 24, 2021 at 6 pm - Our office hosted a Unity Rally in Fort Washington in response to a hate crime targeting a resident because of her sex (female) and race (Asian). We gathered with community leaders, elected officials, and police and gave the clear message that hate has no home in Prince George's County and we are proud to be Prince Georgians.
July 22, 2021 at 4 pm. Our YA Book Discussion series with PGCMLS continues as we discuss A Curse So Dark And Lonely. All are welcome. Please register in advance here: https://pgcmls.info/event/5183344
July 20, 2021, at 7 pm - Kendra Allen in conversation on "The Collection Plate" in partnership with PGCMLS.
July 14, 2021, at 7 pm - Ken Woodley in conversation about The Road To Healing - brought to you with PGCMLS and NewSouth Books.
July 13, 2021, at 7 pm - we feature two generations of blind African Americans, Denna and Arthur Ray Lambert on The Legacy of Segregated Schools for the Blind. Brought to you with PGCMLS.
June 23, 2021, at 7 pm - Maria Hinojosa on Once I Was You with guest host Ofelia Montelongo - in partnership with PGCMLS.
June 21, 2021, at 7 pm - award-winning jazz poet TJ Anderson III on Poetry and Jazz - Black Music Appreciation Month event with PGCMLS
June 16, 2021, at 7 pm - We supported PGCMLS as they hosted Dwayne Ratleff in conversation about Dancing To The Lyrics.
June 9, 2021, at 7 pm - Lenny Duncan on United States of Grace with guest host Teddy Reeves - in partnership with PGCMLS.
June 7, 2021, at 7 pm - Christina Proenza-Coles on American Founders - with PGCMLS and NewSouth Books.
June 2, 2021, at 7 pm Eastern - We joined PGCMLS in welcoming host Reverend Norman Allen of the Davies Unitarian Universalist Congregation for an LGBTQ+ Literature Discussion Series. Register for all three nights here: https://www.pgcmls.info/event/5181652
June 1, 2021, at 7 pm - We were thrilled to support PGCMLS as they hosted Clint Smith's National Book Launch Event for his new book How The Word Is Passed. Brought to you in partnership with Loyalty Books, Joe's Movement Emporium, and Prince George's Community College Center for the Arts.
May 25, 2021, at 7 pm - Jordan Denari Duffner in conversation with Simran Jeet Singh on Islamophia: What Christians Should Know (and Do) - with PGCMLS.
Our YA book discussion with PGCMLS continued as we discussed The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue.
May 17, 2021, at 7 pm- We honored the anniversary of Brown v Board and talk to Steve Suitts about his new book Overturning Brown - with PGCMLS and NewSouth Books.
May 11, 2021 at 7 pm - Kirun Kapur on Women in the Waiting Room - with PGCMLS.
May 4, 2021, at 7 pm - Our Voting: Democracy in Action series continue as Steve Fiffer, co-author of CT Vivian's memoir It's In the Action joined us to talk about the new book and Reverend Vivian's legacy - in partnership with PGCMLS, NewSouth Books, and the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights.
May 3, 2021, at 7 pm - Jacqueline Allen Trimble on American Happiness - in partnership with PGCMLS.
April 29, 2021, at 4:00 pm - We held an important community conversation about How To Respond to Anti-Asian Bias with special guests from the Asian Americans Advancing Justice, the Prince George's County State's Attorney, and a town council member from the town of Cheverly. Brought to you in partnership with the PGCMLS.
April 27, 2021, at 7 pm - our Diversity Dialogue series with PGCMLS continued as we discussed The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter G. Woodson.
April 21, 2021, at 7 pm - Part Two of The Academy Stories/Admissions Project with special guests Ellen Ann Fentress, W. Ralph Eubanks, and Paulette Boudreaux - with PGCMLS.
April 13, 2021, at 7 pm. Alina Boyden's Gifting Fire launch event with PGCMLS.
April 8, 2021, at 4 pm. Join us for Women in Faith: Exploring Ramadan with Rahmah A. Abdulaleem, in partnership with PGCMLS.
April 6, 2021, at 7 pm. Morgan Rogers in conversation about Honey Girl, brought to you by PGCMLS.
April 1, 2021, at 7 pm. We are proud to support PGCMLS and the Maryland Libraries for Maryland Libraries Together Viva Latino: Own Voices Writers in Conversation.
March 31, 2021 at 7 pm - Immigration, Civil Rights, and Electoral Engagement with Azadeh Shahshashani - part of our Voting: Democracy in Action series with PGCMLS, made possible with support from Maryland Humanities.
March 30, 2021 at 7 pm - The Elephant We Don't See Diversity Dialogue - featuring Lee Maracle's I Am Woman. Held in partnership with PGCMLS.
March 15, 2021 - Part Two of our Women in Faith: Diverse Voices Speak - join us for a roundtable discussion at 7 pm. Brought to you in partnership with PGCMLS.
March 11, 2021 - Community Conversation with Sylvia Dasi, the County Executive's African Diaspora liaison - at 4 pm with PGCMLS.
March 9, 2021 - Robert Hamilton on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and the Poor People's Campaign of 1968 - in partnership with PGCLMS.
March 8, 2021 - In conversation with Michael Twitty - in partnership with PGCMLS.
March 4, 2021 - Community Conversation with Prince George's County's Jackson rodeo family - 4 pm, with PGCMLS.
March 3, 2021 - Laurieann Gibson on Dance Your Dance - with PGCMLS, Joe's Movement Emporium, and the Prince George's Community College's Center for the Performing Arts.
March 1, 2021 - Juyanne James on "Tables Scraps and Other Essays" - in partnership with PGCMLS.
February 23, 2021 - "The Elephant We Don't See" Diversity Dialogue on Between The World And Me with PGCMLS.
February 17, 2021 - Anna Malaika Tubbs on "The Three Mothers" with PGCMLS
February 11, 2021 - Leonard Pitts, Jr on Black Voter Engagement - in partnership with PGMLS and part of our Voting: Democracy in Action series.
February 10, 2021 - Dr. Ina Park in conversation about Strange Bedfellows - with PGCMLS.
February 9, 2021 - In conversation with Jemar Tisby on "How To Fight Racism", facilitated by Dr. Qamar-ul Huda. Brought to you in partnership with PGCMLS.
January 21, 2021 - Young Adult Book Group on Leigh Bardugo's The Six of Crows with PGCMLS. Learn about upcoming YA book group selections by visiting PGCMLS.info/events.
January 19, 2021 - Inauguration event featuring author Kate Andersen Brower with PGCMLS.
January 13, 2021 - Ellen Ann Fentress and Neely Tucker in conversation about The Academy Stories. In partnership with PGCMLS.
January 12, 2021 - Interpreting Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Legacy and Ending Voter Suppression - Martin Luther King Jr Day celebration in partnership with PGCMLS. Featuring special guests, nationally-recognized civil rights leaders Andrea Blackman, Taos Wynn, and Andrew Aydin.
December 14, 2020 - Zack Smedley on "Deposing Nathan" - with PGCMLS.
December 10, 2020 - Maryland Coalition Opposed to Violence and Extremism (COVE) - Human Rights Day Celebration
December 10, 2020 - Jennifer De Leon on "Don't Ask Me Where I'm From" - with PGCMLS.
December 8, 2020 - In Conversation with William G Thomas III on A Question of Freedom - with PGCMLS.
December 2, 2020 - Hope Michelle Ayers Gabriel's Balloon - in partnership with PGCMLS
November 19, 2020 - In Conversation with former Poet Laureate, Natasha Trethewey, in partnership with PGCMLS and the Black Caucus of the American Library Association
November 18, 2020 - In Conversation with NEA Literature Fellow, Randall Horton, in partnership with PGCMLS and the Black Caucus of the American Library Association
November 10, 2020 - Prince George's County Veterans Recognition, in partnership with the Office of Veteran's Affairs and PGCMLS
November 9, 2020 - Michael Farris Smith on Blackwood - in partnership with PGCMLS
November 5, 2020 - In Conversation with Kendra Allen, author of When You Learn the Alphabet with PGCMLS and the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.
November 1, 2020 - In Conversation with Obama Inaugural Poet, Richard Blanco, in partnership with PGCMLS
October 27, 2020 - The Elephant We Don't See - Diversity Dialogue - Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria. With PGCMLS
October 22 - The Sounds of Voter Suppression - with PGCMLS and Joe's Movement Emporium. Featuring special guests: Professor Amy Gerber-Stroh, Hollins University and Professor Heidi Gerber-Salins, Howard University
October 20 - Community Discussion of Lisa See's The Island Of Sea Women - One Maryland One Book
October 14, 2020 - Women in Faith Diverse Voices Speak in partnership with PGCMLS
October 8, 2020 - Carter Sickels on The Prettiest Star With PGCMLS.
October 7, 2020 - Eddie Glaude, Jr on Begin Again. Brought to you in partnership with the Prince George's County Memorial Library System, the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, and the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights
October 6, 2020 - Voting - Democracy in Action 2 With PGCMLS, featuring special guests: Dr. Joshua Davis from the University of Baltimore, HRC Investigator Langston Clay, and Daneen Banks from the Prince George's County Board of Elections.
September 29, 2020 - The Elephant We Don't See - Diversity Dialogue - White Fragility. With PGCMLS
September 23, 2020 - Does Your Zip Code Impact Your Whole Life with PGCMLS
August 31, 2020 - Voting - Democracy in Action. In partnership with PGCMLS, featuring special guest speakers: Dr. Richard Bell with the University of Maryland and Daneen Banks of Prince George's County Board of Elections.
September 1, 2020 - In Conversation with Jason Reynolds with PGCMLS.
August 20, 2020 - Author Calvin Baker on his book A More Perfect Reunion - a partnership with Prince George's County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS)
July 20, 2020 - Ibram X. Kendi - How To Be An Antiracist - presented in partnership with PGCMLS, Joe's Movement Emporium, the Prince George's County Center for the Performing Arts, Maryland State Libraries, and more.
June 30, 2020 - The Elephant We Don't See - Diversity Dialogue How To Be An Antiracist - The first in our series with PGCMLS
May 14, 2020 - Christin Marie Taylor - Labor Pains Author discussion in partnership with PGCMLS
April 28, 2020 - What If I Say The Wrong Thing? - Book Discussion With PGCMLS