Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I am writing to invite you to honor Calvert County civil rights hero, Harriet Elizabeth Brown, by making a tax-deductible contribution to the Harriet Elizabeth Brown Commemoration Fund.
In 1937, with the NAACP’s Thurgood Marshall at her side, Ms. Brown successfully challenged unequal pay for African-American teachers. Calvert County settled the case, doubling the salaries of African-American teachers almost overnight. This was a turning point for salary equalization, not just locally, but across the Southern and Border States.
Please help us accomplish the third and final recommendation of the Harriet Elizabeth Brown Commemoration Task Force – to raise funds to commission an oil portrait of Ms. Brown to hang prominently in the Calvert County Court House. The other two recommendations are already done – opening the Harriet Elizabeth Brown Community Center in Prince Frederick and dedicating a stretch of Maryland Route 2 as the Harriet Elizabeth Brown Memorial Parkway.
The attached Calvert Recorder article tells more of Ms. Brown’s story and even includes a photo of former students who attended the November 1 Parkway dedication. For the full Task Force report, see: http://dlslibrary.state.md.us/publications/counties/calvert/HB354Ch242_2015.pdf
The attached flyer outlines how to contribute, either online or by mailing a check to Chesapeake Charities (the Calvert Community Foundation’s partner to honor Ms. Brown).
Special thanks go to Chief Administrative Judge Marjorie Clagett for her partnership to make the dream of Ms. Brown’s Court House portrait a reality, to the other members of the Harriet Elizabeth Brown Commemoration Task Force (Superintendent Daniel Curry, NAACP President Joyce Freeland, Malcolm Funn representing Senators Miller and Waugh, Delegate Michael Jackson, Commissioner Pat Nutter, Historical Society President Guffrie Smith), and to Nancy Highsmith (President of the Calvert Community Foundation and the other Donor Advisor for the Harriet Elizabeth Brown Commemoration Fund).
We have already raised more than half the $10,000 needed for the Court House portrait. Your donation of any amount will help us reach that goal – and also ensure that you are invited to the unveiling of the portrait next year!
All of my best wishes for the holidays and year ahead,
Donor Advisor, Harriet Elizabeth Brown Commemoration Fund and
Chair, Harriet Elizabeth Brown Commemoration Task Force