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HCC President Addresses Historic Anniversary of March on Washington

President Kate Hetherington.

Dear Students and Colleagues,

Today marks a momentous day in the history of our nation - the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington. I remember clearly this turning point in the fight for civil rights and the inspirational words that rang out from the steps of the Lincoln Monument.

This anniversary should be a day of celebration and of honoring just how far we have come, and yet America is far from realizing Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream. The horrific shooting of Jacob Blake this week is another stark reminder that systemic racism and police brutality has not waned. It is disheartening that this injustice continues to manifest itself in communities around the country. Let me be clear about this community – our shared community of Howard Community College: We unequivocally stand against hate and advocate for the social justice reform needed to eliminate racism and respect Black lives.

Watching Black men and women brutally killed is traumatizing and difficult to even comprehend. Please seek help and support if you need it. For students, please reach out to counseling services to schedule a telecounseling appointment by calling 443-518-1340. Your call will be returned within 24 hours. Faculty and staff can receive support through the employee assistance program at 800-327-2251. At any time, if you are in crisis and need immediate help, contact Grassroots Crisis Center at 410-531-6677.

As we move forward, let us hold true to our mission of providing pathways to success. Not only is it a shared commitment to always provide a safe and supportive learning environment, it is a clarion call for change. I want the college to take whatever action necessary to ensure every person at this college is treated equitably and with respect. Nothing less will do.



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