This post is adapted from an email from Margaret Dunkle, Chair of the Harriet Elizabeth Brown Commemoration Task Force. (It's edited for clarity in adapting to a news post.)
Per Ms. Dunkle, citizen support is needed to build a permanent Harriet Elizabeth Brown Community Center and Park in Prince Frederick, just across the road from Calvert High School, to replace the current inadequate interim HEB Community Center in the old SMECO Building.
Both adults and children are asked to weigh in on the survey portion of this.
Here is a short description of the need for this new Community Center and Park and what it will mean for our County (PDF document).
Per Ms. Dunkle,
"Building a permanent HEB CC&P will mark completion of all recommendations of the legislatively created Harriet Elizabeth Brown Commemoration Task Force. In 1937, represented by then-29-year-old NAACP attorney Thurgood Marshall, Ms. Brown successfully challenged unequal pay for African-American teachers in Calvert County.*
Please help by doing three things:
First, complete the County Survey to add your two cents about what’s important for this new Community Center and Park – from meeting rooms and outdoor facilities to including a small museum to honor Ms. Brown. Just go to this website before April 30 and complete the Adult or Youth survey: https://www.calvertcountymd.gov/2828/HEB-Community-Center-Survey.
Second, add your name – and your organization’s name, as appropriate – to the list of Supporters on page 3 of the attached. All you need to do is email HEBTaskForce@aol.com, saying “Please add ___________ as a HEB CC&P Supporter!”
Third, share this information with friends, family and neighbors – and urge them to complete the Survey and to add their names as Supporters."
[Here is the link to this news item on the CCDWC web site: https://calvertdemwomen.com/news/10070173 ]
"We need your help to keep progress on track, with planning starting this July and construction beginning in July of 2023. Please take a couple minutes to make your voice heard, add your name as a Supporter, and spread the word."
With thanks and all best wishes,
Chair, Harriet Elizabeth Brown Commemoration Task Force
*See the HEB Task Force report at http://dlslibrary.state.md.us/publications/counties/calvert/HB354Ch242_2015.pdf
Thank you to Ms. Dunkle for sharing this information with us.