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Date: Jan 11, 2018

By Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz

As we remember the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., it’s tempting to quote the man whose words captured the meaning of freedom, collective conscience and what today we call “woke.” Words were said from a Birmingham jail, a pulpit, at the head of a march, in community centers, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, and in quiet conversations among friends and family.   

What I recall is the spirit in which these words were said. Dr. King’s words were a rallying cry for respect. They were a call to action and a call for personal reflection. They asked each of us to stand up, be engaged, and live our lives with dignity and grace.

Dr. King asked us to watch out and care for each other. He asked us to take care of our own selves so we can be our brothers' and sisters' keepers.

It is in this spirit that we celebrate the man, the work, and the call to pay it forward.

Nominations Now Accepted through Friday, January 19

The Baltimore County Commission for Women has extended the nomination deadline for its 2018 “Woman of the Year” and “Young Woman of the Year” awards from Friday January 12 until Friday, January 19.

This is the 36th year the Commission for Women will honor women for their outstanding contributions to the community. Honorees will be notified after that date, and the awards will be presented in March of 2018.

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 may be directed to Nancy Surosky at 410-887-2450. Nomination forms are also available online at

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz issued the following statement about the closure of Sam’s Club on Reisterstown Road in Owings Mills. The closure eliminates jobs for the store’s 169 employees.  

“Donald Trump promised us that giving 100s of billions in tax cuts to big businesses would grow the economy. He lied again. I am reaching out to Walmart this morning to make sure they live up to their responsibilities to assist employees at Sam’s Club who have worked hard to benefit the company. The County will also provide assistance in securing jobs for these hard working people to keep them from the unemployment line.”

Revised September 11, 2017