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Md. Aging Department Secretary to Address Bowie State Convocation

February 3, 2014

Ceremony Kicks off Black History Month Celebration


Gloria Lawlah, secretary of the Maryland Department of Aging, will discuss the theme of civil rights in America in light of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act at the Bowie State University spring 2014 convocation. The ceremony kicks off the campus-wide celebration of national Black History Month and marks the start of the new semester.


Secretary Lawlah was appointed secretary for the Maryland Department of Aging in 2007 by Governor Martin O’Malley. She serves as an advocate for older adults at all levels of government.

A former state senator and state delegate, she was a powerful voice in the Maryland General Assembly for more than 20 years, influencing legislation on issues such as college financing, redistricting, environmental affairs, and health policy. She also served as treasurer of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland. In addition, Lawlah was the federal liaison for the Office of External Relations at Bowie State University from 1995 to 2007.

A graduate of Hampton University and Trinity College, Lawlah began her career in public service as an educator in the District of Columbia Public Schools for 32 years and rose to the rank of administrator.

She was inducted into the Prince George’s County Women’s Hall of Fame. Her other awards include Legislator of the Year from the Health Facilities Association of Maryland and the Leadership and Advocacy Award from the American Institute for Urban Psychological Studies. She was named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by the Daily Record.

Lawlah serves as president of the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities, president of the Women Legislators of Maryland Foundation, Inc., and president of the White Rose Foundation, Inc. She was appointed by Governor O’Malley as chair of the Commission on the Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Passage of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution. She is a life member of the National Council of Negro Women and a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.


Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, 11 a.m. NEW TIME
Keynote address expected to begin at 11:30 a.m.


Martin Luther King Jr. Communication Arts Center, Myers Auditorium
Bowie State University
14000 Jericho Park Road
Bowie, MD 20715


Visit the Bowie State University website for the complete Black History Month calendar.


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