"Activism guides this generation's perspective on life" - Riley
"We can't let Howard County off the hook." - Sarah (in reference to the perspective that there is no racism here because of the diversity)
"Determining what is unacceptable and then going forward to change it..." - Ezra, talking about how we can help
"We need stories of Black success and not only Black downfall." - Maya
And some praise for the youth leaders:
"You are all amazing and inspirational leaders. Your energy, power, and strong voices provide me comfort and confidence of the positive changes to come from all of you. Good luck!"
"Yes!! How we can help get the curriculum changed. So annoyed at 56 I am just learning our true history"
OMO Session Recordings
July 16, 2020
Learning about Migrants at the Border with Becca Niburg, Immigration Attorney
Details: Becca has been an immigration attorney for over a decade. She volunteered at the border last August, visited the Mexican interior in October, and have continued to take pro bono cases from those caught at the border since then.
June 11, 2020
A Conversation with Eva Schloss, Holocaust Survivor, Author, and International speaker
June 9, 2020
The Intersection of BLM and the fight for LGBTQ+ Rights with Jumel Howard, Organizer of Howard Co Pride
June 4, 2020
Activism and the Pursuit of Justice with Dr. Jason Nichols
June 3, 2020
Poetry of the Resistance with Wallace Jones
May 14, 2020
Some of the Amazing People Who Made History at OMHS with Vincent James, former OMHS teacher and founder of Alpha Achievers and Delta Scholars
May 11, 2020
Supporting LGBTQ+ Students w/CARY (Community Allies of Rainbow Youth) with Members of CARY, community activists and allies of Rainbow Youth
April 13, 2020
A Conversation with Andy Shallal, founder of Busboys and Poets Andy shared with us how restaurants are adapting during this pandemic, his hopes for the new Columbia location, and his perspective on racial and economic equity.
April 10, 2020
Students Making a Change in Howard County with Christiana Mercer Rigby and Melissa Mack. Learn about the county students who worked to make changes regarding sodas and sugary beverages.
March 19, 2020
Gender Equality with Melissa Mack, English and Social Studies Scholar
The following sessions may be a bit high level for average elementary students, but the content is appropriate for all ages.
April 27, 2020
Justice, Community and Philanthropy: People, Place, Purpose with Kyle Reis, Career foundation professional
Bring your ideas, imagination, and empathy and learn about how foundations support social justice and community organizations.
March 20, 2020
Women in Government Sabina Taj, HCPSS Board of Education member, and Christiana Mercer Rigby, Howard County Council member discuss the benefits
Black Lives Matter Resources
Choose your preferred genre and start there:
“The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander
“The Hate You Give” by Angie Thomas
“When They Call You a Terrorist” by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Ashe Bandele
“March” (Book 1, 2, and 3) by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
“Let the Children March” by Monica Clark-Robinson and Frank Morrison
"Eyes on the Prize", PBS
“Just Mercy” (rent for free across digital platforms in US during the month of June)
“mixed-ish” (ABC and Hulu)
“This is America” by Childish Gambino
Additional Social Justice Resources: