Columbia Archives seeks volunteers for Civil Rights project

The Columbia Archives is seeking volunteers who lived through the Civil Rights Movement to help Howard County students with their Martin Luther King Jr. Day projects.

“This project will connect the people who lived through the March on Washington and the Civil Rights Movement — and personally felt the impact — with some of today’s teens who have been impacted in a different way,” said Barbara Kellner, director of the Archives, which is part of the Columbia Association. 

On Jan. 20, Howard County will join the nation in celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a day of service. Archives is partnering with the Howard County Public School System for the oral history project. Older adults who lived through the period will have a chance to tell their stories, and selected students will be trained to conduct interviews

The students will conduct interviews with Howard County citizens on Jan. 20 from approximately 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the North Laurel Senior Center, which is located at 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road. The interviews will be recorded and archived. 

Those who have a story to tell can contact Barbara Kellner at 410-715-3103 or via email at Walk-ins are also welcome.

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