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County Executive Kamenetz and Khizr Khan Joined Community and Religious Leaders Calling for Preserving American Values of Equal Rights 

Patriot Plaza in Towson came alive as a diverse crowd of people answered Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz’s “A Call for Unity” at a regional rally featuring Gold Star Family Member Khizr Khan.

The rally, co-hosted by the Baltimore County Human Relations Commission, featured Kamenetz, Khan and dozens of community, religious and cultural leaders who took to the stage to bring awareness to the importance of diversity and of eradicating discrimination and hatred in the Baltimore area and around the country.

Kamenetz proclaimed July 12 as Unity Day in Baltimore County and presented Khan with an Executive Citation for standing up for the Constitutional rights of immigrants by promoting fairness, equality and human rights for all.

Khan, the father of U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan who lost his life in 2004 serving in Iraq, spoke passionately about the right of equal treatment for all citizens and presented Kamenetz with a pocket sized copy of the U.S. Constitution.  

Referencing Baltimore County’s diverse population and his April 5 Executive Order on Law Enforcement Standards on Immigration Status, Diversity and Equity, Kamenetz said, “In Baltimore County, we are standing up to those who seek to divide us,” and, “the true measure of a government is how we treat the downtrodden, those who are most vulnerable.”

Khan spoke at length, sharing how he and his wife suffered persecution in other countries and how they decided to speak out against injustices here, particularly protecting the rights of immigrant children. “The divisiveness and discrimination threatening our communities is totally un-American,” he said. “America is a place of equal protection, equal dignity and plurality where all citizens are treated equally. If you go to the darkest corners of the world and share with them the values of the United States, enlisted in our Constitution, they all wish to come here. It is that standard that I hope the rest of the nation will celebrate.”

A lively crowd of attendees showed their support by chanting, ringing cowbells and applauding speakers from the Baltimore County Human Relations Commission, Commission for Women, Amigos of Baltimore County, the Islamic Society of Baltimore, Bridge Maryland and clergy from multiple denominations.

The event was also supported by the Baltimore Jewish Council, the Baltimore County NAACP, the AL Farooq Foundation, Daryl Bass, the Greater Baltimore Muslim Council and the Islamic Society of Baltimore. 

Photos from the event are available online at Please feel free to share them. 

Commission for Women celebrates 40th anniversary

The Baltimore County Commission for Women will recognize three outstanding women during its 35th annual Woman of the Year Awards Ceremony to be held the evening of Tuesday, March 28. The Women of the Year awards are given to female Baltimore County residents who have enhanced the lives of others and made significant contributions to their community, workplace, or school to further the interests of women and children.

The Baltimore County Commission for Women 2017 award winners are:

  • Kelli Szczybor as the “Woman of the Year,” community leader and visionary co-founder of Angel Park in Perry Hall
  • Toni Torsch as the “LaFrance Muldrow Woman Making a Difference Awardee,” community leader addressing the severe problem of opioid addiction
  • Nhu Dang as the “2017 Young Woman of the Year,” Parkville High School senior, student leader and active community volunteer

More information about each of the winners is available on the County website at

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz will lead the recognition ceremony, together with members of the County Council and Baltimore County Statehouse delegation. The awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday, March 28 at 6 p.m. at the Historic Courthouse in Towson.

This year, the Baltimore County Commission for Women is celebrating its 40th anniversary. It was formed on January 3, 1977 by an act of the Baltimore County Council to address the needs of women through education, outreach and advocacy. The Commission works to identify and advocate for programs, legislation and services to meet the needs of Baltimore County’s women and children.

For additional information about these awards and the Commission for Women, please contact Nancy Surosky at 410-887-2450 or

Nominations accepted until Wednesday, January 18

The Baltimore County Commission for Women has extended the nomination deadline from Friday, January 13 until Wednesday, January 18 for its annual “Woman of the Year” and “Young Woman of the Year” awards.

This is the 35th year the Commission for Women will honor women for their outstanding contributions to the community. The awards will be presented in March.

Female residents of Baltimore County who have made significant, unique, and lasting contributions to their community, workplace, or school to further the interest of women and families are eligible for the “Woman of the Year” award. Nominees for “Young Woman of the Year” must be a high school senior in Baltimore County who has made contributions in the community to further the interest of Baltimore County women and families. Previous winners and elected officials are not eligible to be nominated.

Questions or requests for nomination forms should be directed to Nancy Surosky at 410-887-2659. Nomination forms are available online at

Revised September 26, 2016