Harford Community College's Harford Civil Rights Project is holding a free online community event, "An Uncomfortable Conversation: National Events with Local Implications Concerning Race, Equity, and Justice" on Thursday, June 25 from 7 to 8:15 PM via a Microsoft Teams Live event. The presentation and discussion will center on civil rights in the context of the current protests and will include audience participation. Click here to join.

The panel for the online community discussion will include Harford Civil Rights Project staff; members of Coming to the Table, Harford County chapter; a Harford County Sheriff's Office representative; community faith leaders; and Harford Community College faculty, staff and students.

Harford Community College was awarded a $97,118 grant last year from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for "Active Learning and Student Engagement in the Humanities: Understanding the Civil Rights Movement in Harford County, Maryland." The grant is for a three-year project involving student research and oral history, curriculum development, community partnerships, and the development of digital material on Harford County's 20th century civil rights history. The project will deepen students' understanding of literary works and local and national history and will broaden community awareness of the role that Harford County played in the Civil Rights Movement. The project will also establish connections between the 20th and 21st century civil rights movements. The project is led by Dr. James Karmel, Professor of History at Harford Community College, who serves as project director and Jennie Towner, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness and Student Support Leader for the project.

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation.