June 19 @ 11:00 am
CommUnity for Justice: March and Rally to
Move the Talbot Confederate Monument
JUNE 19: SAVE THE DATE
EASTON—Come to Easton June 19 for a march and rally sponsored by the Move the Monument Coalition to demand that the Talbot County Council move the Confederate Monument from the Talbot County Courthouse lawn.
The march will begin at 11 a.m. near Easton Marketplace shopping center, 219 Marlboro Ave., Easton,and end with a rally at noon on the courthouse lawn. Speakers will include Sheree Sample-Hughes, speaker pro tempore of the Maryland House of Delegates; Easton Town Council President Megan Cook; Annapolis-based civil rights activist Carl Snowden; rapper and motivational speaker Devon Beck; the Rev. Elmer Davis, district superintendent of the Easton District of the United Methodist Church, and The Very Rev. Gregory Powell, dean of Trinity Cathedral Easton.
The march and rally is a culmination of the work the coalition has done with the support of hundreds ofcommunity members to demand the removal of the Talbot Boys statue, the last Confederate monument on public property in Maryland. We want to send the message that its current place on the courthouse lawn, a place of justice and equality, does not represent the sentiments of the majority of Talbot County residents.
Our nonpartisan coalition, with about 500 members, represents a wide swath of Talbot County, young and old, black and white, descendants of those named on the monument and relative newcomers. Veterans, historians, lawyers and pastors have spoken at our rallies.
We will encourage social distancing and will distribute masks and hand sanitizer.
For more information, contact: movethemonumentTC@gmail.com Also, visit our Facebook page at Move the Confederate Talbot Boys Monument, or go to our website:
Sheree Sample-Hughes has been a member of the Maryland House of Delegates since 2015, representing District 37A, which includes parts of Wicomico and Dorchester Counties.
In 2019, she became Speaker Pro Tempore.
She was born 1977 and attended Parkside High School in Salisbury. She went on to earn a bachelor's degree in public relations from Delaware State University and a master's degree in public administration from Wilmington University.
Megan Cook was elected in 2009 to represent the 4th Ward on the Easton Town Council, a position she held for 11 years before running to fill the Council President position in 2020, vacated upon the death of the honorable John Ford.
She was born and raised in Massena, N.Y., and graduated from University of Rochester with a degree in biology. After college she worked in the Department of Pediatric Cardiology studying embryonic cardiac development, and co-wrote many abstracts and papers on her research. She received her Master’s degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Vermont, while her husband completed his Pediatric residency. In 2003 the family moved to Easton to be closer to family.
She and her husband Landy live in Easton their three children.
Civil rights activist and politician Carl Snowden was born in 1953 in Baltimore and was raised in Annapolis. In 1970, Snowden, along with fourteen other students, were expelled from Annapolis High School after they boycotted classes to protest the school’s lack of African American teachers and African American studies courses.
In 1976, Snowden successfully sued the FBI for illegally spying on him through a program established by the FBI to keep activists under surveillance.
He received his Master’s degree in human services from Lincoln University in 1985.
In 1982, Snowden founded Carl Snowden & Associates, a private civil rights firm that specialized in civil rights issues. He was elected to serve as representative for the majority Black Fifth Ward on the Annapolis City Council in 1985. In 2007, the Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler appointed Snowden as the first Director of the Civil Rights Program. He currently serves as a commissioner on the Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Motivational speaker and hip hop artist Devon Beck has been a consistent leader throughout his life, finding his passion for mentorship and music at a young age. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, where his initial love for hip-hop was born. As his music grew in popularity across the campus, so did his zest for taking action. The combination of his talented wordplay and music production, and his newfound quest for leadership, elevated him to become a sought-after motivational speaker.
The Rev. Elmer Davis
The Rev. Elmer Davis is district superintendent of the United Methodist Church in charge of 125 churches and 70 pastors, from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge to the Vienna bridge.
Rev. Davis has been a United Methodist pastor part-time and full time for more than two decades. He was a lieutenant with the Salisbury Police Department and worked as a bereavement counselor with Coastal Hospice for about eight years.
In July, 2020, he was appointed to the Easton Town Council, where he represents the 4th Ward.
The Very Rev. Gregory Powell
Rev. Powell began work as Dean of Trinity Cathedral in Easton more than a decade ago, having arrived on the Eastern Shore via time spent in Massachusetts, Colorado, Canada, Tennessee, and Texas. He was baptized, confirmed, married, and ordained as an Episcopalian. He has continued to build on the foundation of previous clergy who sought to make worship space safe for all people, all feelings, all emotions—even the darker negative ones—knowing the truth sets us free.
Richard M. Potter, Jr.
Richard M. Potter, Jr. is the current president of the NAACP Talbot County Branch where in 2015 the issue of the moving the Confederate Monument known as the Talbot Boys was first brought to the council for consideration. Since that time The Talbot County Branch of the NAACP has been very vocal about its removal and continues to do so. Most recently it was through his leadership that the branch along with the ACLU of MD, and the Office of the Public Defender filed a federal lawsuit stating that the retention of this monument is unconstitutional and violates the 14th amendment equal protection under law. In late 2018, Mr. Potter took a brief leave of absence as president to spearhead and co-found the Coalition for Justice for Anton Black, a coalition that formed because of the police killing of a 19-year-old, African American Male named Anton Black in Greensboro, MD. As a result of the advocacy work that was done the police officer involved was fired and the Chief of police pleaded guilty to malfeasance in office. It was this Coalition and approximately 90 other coalitions who joined forces across the state of Maryland to push, advocate and lobby for Police reform in Maryland, which resulted in MD General Assembly passing the most progressive police reform bills in this session than any other state within our country.
Richard Potter is truly an advocate for justice and equity for all people within Talbot County, the State of Maryland and beyond.
Bishop Peggy Johnson
Bishop Peggy Johnson is the Resident Bishop of the Philadelphia Area of The United Methodist Church. This includes nearly 1,000 churches in the Eastern Pennsylvania and Peninsula-Delaware conferences in the Northeastern Jurisdiction.
She was baptized and grew up in the Methodist Church in Baltimore. She pursued a degree in Music Education at Lebanon Valley, a United Methodist-related college in Eastern Pennsylvania. She taught elementary vocal music in Baltimore County Public Schools for two years. During this time she felt a call to ministry, specifically with deaf people and people with disabilities. She left teaching and began to pursue a Master of Divinity degree at Asbury Theological Seminary.
She earned her Doctor of Ministry degree from Wesley Theological Seminary and taught deaf and disability courses as adjunct faculty at the seminary.
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