James L. Stowe, PRESIDENT
James L. Stowe serves as the Executive Director of the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights, MD. Mr. Stowe is a native of Belmont, North Carolina. Jim and his family relocated to Montgomery County Maryland to serve as the 4th Director of the Office of Human Rights. The agency, established in 1960, provides leadership to the people of Montgomery County and works toward eliminating racism/discrimination; identifying and resolving community tensions; and educating the citizens about cultural diversity. These efforts culminate in our goal of Creating a Culture of Service and a Climate of Fairness and Inclusion.
The office has a rich legacy of human rights advocacy and professional competency and continues today as one of the premier civil and human rights agencies in the nation. Under Jim’s leadership, the Office has set its sights on even greater engagement in the community and heightening professional standards for all involved with the office.
Jim has been instrumental in developing new program initiatives and re-positioning the office for success in the 21st Century. These programs include increased emphasis in enforcement productivity and competency which led to the agency becoming fully certified with the EEOC Fair Employment Practices Agency Program, renewed emphasis in fair housing which led to fair housing continuing educational credit program for realtors, apartment managers and other housing providers as well as increased enforcements efforts through the Interagency Fair Housing Coordination Group to insure that all barriers to fair accessible housing for everyone are removed; new initiatives to combat the incident of hate violence activities through the Committee on Hate Violence and the convening of a county wide symposium on "Bullying in Schools" and a forum on Post 911 Issues and Concerns within the Muslim and Sikh Community; the Community Friendship Picnic and an increased effort in outreach activities with the Montgomery County Human Rights Commission to convene public forums on Racial Profiling, the Criminal Justice System and The Digital Divide, a response to the Trayvon Martin shooting; and an increase in programming for youth with an expansion of the Human Rights Youth Camp for 5th Graders, Human Rights Day Observance for all school levels and the Civil Rights Educational Freedom Tour which is for the entire community. Mr. Stowe is a member of several community organizations and works with these programs and activities throughout Montgomery County. The agency continues to evolve as the needs and demands of a growing diverse county shift and change. The agency remains however committed to the long-held principles of fairness and equal justice under the law.
James E. Davis, Jr., PRESIDENT-ELECT
James E. Davis, Is currently the Assistant Director of Neighborhood Improvement Services, City of Durham. He has over 17 years experience in human rights/relations-related work.
Mr. Davis has experiences in the health, legal and community outreach fields. Combining law school education, public health administration experiences and public speaking flair to encourage and empower others. Since 2001 he has also worked to promote fair and equal opportunities in housing and has worked with youth (individually and in groups), which includes volunteering and coaching youth.
Dr. Anthony Wade, IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Anthony W. Wade, PHD, is an organizational effectiveness consultant providing services in the areas of DEI and human capital solutions. This includes but is not limited to, diversity-equity-inclusion, talent management, compensation administration, change management, employee relations, equal employment opportunity (EEO), adult education and training, and executive/staff leadership development. A retired senior local government executive and military veteran, Dr. Wade’s professional history includes service as a Chief Human Resources Officer and Human Relations Director for local government and higher education. An Adjunct Associate Professor with Webster University, he holds an earned Doctorate in Education and Human Resources Studies from Colorado State University. A past president of the National Association of Human Rights Workers, Dr. Wade is a graduate of the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute and the Institute of Advanced Dispute Resolution’s Advanced Practitioner in Mediation (APM) program. Additionally, he is nationally certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) by the Human Resource Certification Institute.
Marjol Rush-Collet, SECRETARY
Marjol Rush-Collet is the Executive Director and Curator of the Langston Hughes Family Museum. The Langston Hughes Family Museum comes under the umbrella of Hughes Family Interest, Inc. This is a traveling exhibit and presentation that brings history to life. This museum houses over 175+ pieces of individual family artifacts with each piece telling a story about the family of Langston Hughes. Included are personal items of Langston Hughes, his grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins along with unique household items, an autographed children's book and personal cards and letters to relatives. The exhibit offers a small look back into history spanning over the last 150 years. Inclusive of presentation of the exhibit a talk is delivered that does not exceed 22 minutes with a Q & A. Aside from discussing the Hughes Family and bringing each member to life and finding the lost cousins an overview is given of some of the peers of Langston Hughes and his personal relationship with them. The exhibit and presentation is offered to the public through a contractual agreement. We travel year round and not limited to any specific area. This exhibit should not to be missed and it provides a very important lesson in history and how to research personal family history. History is the Window to the Future.
Archie M. Jones, TREASURER
Archie Jones is a native of Halifax County, NC. and a Graduate of Fayetteville State University with a BA Degree in Mathematics.
Holds the position as the 3rd Human Relations Director in 47 years of the human’s department for the City of Rocky Mount, NC. Held previous positions as Senior Human Relations Specialist and Human Relations Specialist. A longtime North Carolina and National NAHRW member, currently serves a treasurer.
A current board member of:
Rocky Mount Urban Area MPO – Technical Coordinating Committee
Tar River Transit Advisory Board
Twin County Housing Committee
English as a Second Language Advisory Committee (Nash Community College)
United Way Community Development Committee
Previous Community Organizations Involvement:
Former chair-person, Governors Youth Advisory Council
Former Treasurer of BOD for the local American Red Cross