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Rally scheduled Monday in wake of Confederate flags at Howard Co. school

A Howard County African-American group will hold a rally Monday evening calling for unity in the wake of the recent displays of the Confederate flag at Glenelg High School.

The rally is hosted by the African American Community Roundtable and will begin at 7 p.m., Sept. 15. It will be held outside the county headquarters located in the George Howard building, 3430 Courthouse Drive in Ellicott City. 

AACR members will be joined by elected county officials and school system officials. The purpose of the rally is to begin a "open community conversation about where to go from here," according to the AACR.

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"Howard County is known for its diversity and civility, but when those values are undermined, we must respond. When actions show affiliation with a symbol of intolerance, a strong collective response is needed to educate why this is wrong and hurtful," the AARC said in an email announcing the event.

On Sept. 10, two Glenelg High School students came to school in the morning with Confederate flags draped around around their necks. The school system said the students were told to put the flags away before school started, according to a spokeswoman.

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The spokeswoman would not say if the students were disciplined for their actions.

The Sept. 10 display came the day after the school system's top official, Superintendent Renee Foose, along with County Executive Ken Ulman, spoke out against the unfurling of a Confederate flag at a Sept. 5 football game held at River Hill High School.

The school system said the student who displayed the flag at the game was disciplined, although would not provide details.

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