Carl O. Snowden
Director for Civil Rights, the attorney general's office
in the news
Snowden, a longtime Annapolis-area activist, was named the director for civil rights, a new position created by Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler. He'll look into civil rights violations that allegedly occurred on Election Day, hate crimes, higher- education equity and ground rent.
Snowden spent 12 years on the Annapolis City Council. Until last month, he served for eight years as intergovernmental relations officer for then-Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens. Snowden is also an adjunct professor at Anne Arundel Community College and Sojourner-Douglass College, and the president of a private consulting firm that specializes in civil rights issues. He helped bring a federal civil rights complaint against the county school system and successfully spearheaded efforts for a statue of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. statue at the community college.
Snowden, 53, was born and raised in Annapolis, where he led a student walkout from Annapolis High School to protest discrimination. He earned a degree in political science from the University of the District of Columbia and a graduate degree from Lincoln University in human services. He has two adult sons from a previous marriage.
"No one can do everything, but everybody can do something, and I'm all about getting people to do their something."