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Remembrance and Reconciliation Commission


Thursday, June 24  | 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM

The Enduring Legacy of Racism in Homeownership

Under the auspices of the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights, the Commission on Remembrance and Reconciliation presents a virtual discussion on the impact of lynching and its residual effects, such as racism and implicit bias, that impede access to property ownership.  Redlining imposed by the federal government and prolonged due systemic racism deprived black communities of wealth creation.  

Resolution 19-24 adopted on January 29, 2019 by the Montgomery County Council established the Commission for the purpose of reviewing the County’s past and sensitizing our communities to issues of social justice and equity going forward. See legislation here.

The Commission is providing a platform for stakeholders to review the County’s past in order to move toward greater equity and social justice. Join these experts as they navigate the issues from the perspectives of realtors, mortgage financiers, and legislators searching to enhance access to homeownership and serve the public good.





Jason Green, Chair

Sheila Bashiri, Vice Chair

Jacqueline Peng, Secretary

Alexa Fraser  

Robert McGarrah  

Aisha Satterwhite  

Jeanne Toungara  

Rev. Timothy  Tutt

Bishop Paul Walker Sr. 


Anthony Cohen  

Okianer Christian Dark  

Suzan Jenkins  

Matt Logan  

Sherlene Lucas  

Oyebisi Olatoye  

Gboyinde Onijala  

Tina Patterson  

Jeanette Rojas  


James Stowe 

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Anis Ahmed 

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Redlining explained.

Appraisals: How redlining affects you now.

The Tulsa Massacre – Relining, wealth gap, beyond homeownership, reparations.

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Memorial to Victims of Lynching – Equal Justice Institute - AL

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Montgomery County Lynchings


Black Developers in Montgomery County


Elections and housing in Montgomery County

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House Democrats urge Biden to extend eviction ban.


THURSDAY | JUNE 24, 2021 | 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM

Property and Its Discontents

The Enduring Legacy of Racism in Homeownership


Or just watch the event here



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7:30 PM

7:32 PM

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8:10 PM

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8:50 PM

Livestream Overview & Reminders


Lynching in Montgomery County

Introduction of Moderator

Redlining, A Brief History

Panel Discussion

Q&A - Guided discussions of problems, expectations, solutions, equity, and the public good

Closing / Next Steps

Acknowledgments & Poll

Keelyn Mitchell, Tech Coordinator, BlackRock Center for the Arts

Rev. James Stowe, Director, Office of Human Rights
Jason Green, Chair, Commission for Remembrance & Reconciliation 
Dr. Jeanne Toungara, Commissioner and Program Coordinator

Tony Cohen, Commissioner

Sherlene Lucas, Commissioner

Professor Lester Spence

Professor Lester Spence, Moderator
Janice Freeman, Chairwoman, African American Chamber of Commerce, Panelist
Shawn C. Williams, President, Fortis Mortgage, Panelist
Pamela Queen, Delegate, State of Maryland General Assembly, Panelist

Councilmember Will Jawando

Dr. Jeanne Toungara, Commissioner

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Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies
Johns Hopkins University 

Dr. Lester Spence is Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He specializes in the study of black, racial, and urban politics in the wake of the neoliberal turn of the past five decade and explains the rise in income inequality as is a function of politics and public policy.  An award winning scholar, he received the W.E.B. DuBois Distinguished Book Award for Stare in the Darkness: The Limits of Hip-hop and Black Politics (2012), and Best Nonfiction Book awards from the Baltimore City and Paper and the Baltimore Magazine (2016) for In Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics.  He is the author of several opinion pieces, essays, academic articles and reviews that have appeared in several newspapers and academic journals.  He earned a doctorate in Political Science at Michigan State University.


President and CEO, African American Chamber of Commerce
President and CEO of JM Freeman Enterprise Real Estate Brokerage

As the President and CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce Inc. of Montgomery County, Ms. Freeman has worked with small businesses to assist them with MBE certifications, acquiring contracts, promoting business development and growth. As the President and CEO of JM Freeman Enterprise Real Estate Brokerage, she served as a Certified Homeownership Counselor, a Foreclosure Housing Counselor, and Veteran Relocation Specialist. She has also served as a member of the Community Development Network of Maryland, and the Maryland Housing Counselor’s Network.  Her entrepreneurial experience includes co-ownership of Computer Engineering Services, Inc., a Black owned software engineering company that executed contracts with the federal and state governments, as well as nonprofit community contracts with the county government. In addition to volunteering her services on several boards and commissions, Ms. Freeman is currently a Commissioner for the Office of the Human Rights Commission of Montgomery County, serves on the Executive Committee of the NAACP  Montgomery County Branch, and is immediate past-President of the Housing and Community Initiatives, Inc.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Management from the University of Maryland and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Management Information Systems from the American University, Washington, DC.

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President and Founder 
Fortis Mortgage

“Lending with a purpose leads to sustainability.”

With over 15 years of mortgage experience, Mr. Williams has overseen more than $2.5 billion in mortgage loans and helped thousands of families fulfill their home ownership dreams.  He collaborates closely and successfully with clients by helping them determine their loan eligibility, and by working with financial partners to find the most favorable combination of mortgage rates and closing costs.  Prior to founding Fortis Mortgage, he held key leadership positions in regional and national companies where he was responsible for overseeing mortgage banking activities for their networks of retail branches. He began his career as a mortgage loan officer, where his passion for helping families navigate the home-buying and refinancing process—with honesty, integrity and transparency—was first ignited.  Driven by family values, in both his home and work life, Mr. Williams believes in giving back to his community and is an active volunteer with several non-profit organizations while also serving on numerous boards and committees. He has coached basketball for several schools and club teams, and enjoys golfing, reading and spending quality time with his wife and children.  He is from Central Virginia and holds a B.A., in Communication, from George Mason University.  

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Maryland General Assembly
District 14 – Montgomery County

“Homeownership for is the first step in wealth creation. Homeownership gives Blacks of piece of the pie”

Delegate Pam Queen has resided in Montgomery County, Maryland for over 40 years in which she is an integral part of her community with membership in many social and community groups, including Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, the Links Incorporated, National Council of Negro Women, Incorporated, and others. She is an HBCU undergraduate from Tuskegee University with Master of Science degrees from Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. in Finance from George Washington University. She is a college professor at Morgan State University where she teaches undergraduate and MBA students; and serves as the faculty advisor for Morgan’s Black Girls Vote Chapter in which she mentors the next generation of public servants. As a Maryland State legislator representing Legislative District 14 in Montgomery County, she champions impactful legislation that expands economic opportunities and levels-the-playing field for all residents, improves work-life balance, keeps communities safe, and provides needed services to vulnerable communities. She is known for her reliable, persistent advocacy for those whose voices are often muted or misunderstood.

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Montgomery County

Councilmember Will Jawando was elected and sworn-in as an at-large Montgomery County councilmember in December 2018. His platform was based on what he calls The MOCO Promise, something he believes all Montgomery County residents are entitled to: A safe, vibrant, and inclusive community, with great schools and a strong economy. He earned a B.A. in Sociology from Catholic University of America and his J.D. from the CUA Columbus School of Law where he started the first NAACP chapter. Councilmember Jawando has worked with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senator Sherrod Brown, and then-Senator Barack Obama. During the 8-year Obama Administration, he served as Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, and advisor to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. In Montgomery County and in 2014, he founded Our Voices Matter-Maryland.   In 2017, he spearheaded Summer R.I.S.E., a summer job shadowing program in partnership with Worksource Montgomery, state and county government, and Montgomery County Public Schools that placed over 400 high school students in enriching career experiences. He is also a co-founder of the African Immigrant Caucus (AIC) whose mission is to increase civic engagement, economic development, and political participation of Africans in the diaspora, in Maryland, DC and Virginia. He serves on two County Council standing committees: Education & Culture (EC) and Planning, Housing, and Economic Development (PHED).

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