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Carl O. Snowden


Director for Civil Rights, the attorney general's office

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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.

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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."

The Newsmaker item on Carl O. Snowden in yesterday's editions misstated his educational background. He attended but did not receive a degree from the University of the District of Columbia. THE SUN REGRETS THE ERROR
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