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The Honorable Carl Snowden

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Rights Activist
City Government Official

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chinese Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Brazil
Favorite Quote:
No One Can Do Everything, But Every One Can Do Something

Birthplace

Born:
6/17/1953
Birth Location:
Baltimore, Maryland

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Rights Activist
City Government Official

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chinese Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Brazil
Favorite Quote:
No One Can Do Everything, But Every One Can Do Something

Birthplace

Born:
6/17/1953
Birth Location:
Baltimore
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Biography

Civil rights activist and politician Carl Snowden was born on June 17, 1953, to Ora and William Snowden, in Baltimore, Maryland, and was raised in Annapolis, Maryland, where he attended Annapolis Elementary School. As a student, Snowden was greatly influenced by The Autobiography of Malcolm X. In 1970, Snowden, along with fourteen other students, were expelled from Annapolis High School after they boycotted classes to protest the school’s lack of African American teachers and African American studies courses. Local benefactors raised funds for him to attend the private Key School. While still a young adult, Snowden organized an African American group called VOTE.

1976, Snowden successfully sued the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for illegally spying on him through the COINTELPRO program, which was established by the FBI to keep activists under surveillance. Snowden was kept under surveillance by the FBI from the age of 16 until 24. Snowden was awarded $10,000 and the FBI was required to expunge his files. Snowden received his M.A. degree in human services from Lincoln University in 1985.

In 1982, Snowden founded Carl Snowden & Associates, a private civil rights firm that specialized in civil rights issues. After building a reputation as a leading civil rights activist, Snowden was elected to serve as representative for the majority black Fifth Ward on the Annapolis City Council in 1985. As alderman, Snowden introduced landmark legislation that prohibited private clubs from discriminating against people based on their race, color, gender, and national origin; and also passed legislation prohibiting stalking and sexual harassment. Snowden then spearheaded the removal of Arthur G. Strissel, Jr. from the position of executive director of the Annapolis Housing Authority after he was charged and convicted of bribery and fraud. In 1988, Snowden founded the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Committee, Inc., which hosts an annual Awards Dinner honoring people who, through their deeds, words, and actions, help to keep Dr. King’s legacy alive. Following Snowden’s unsuccessful run for mayor of the City of Annapolis, Snowden worked for Governor Parris N. Glendening as an administrator in the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services and as the president for the Anne Arundel County Economic Opportunity Committee. In 2007, the State of Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler appointed Snowden as the first Director of the Civil Rights Program. While there, Snowden campaigned for civil rights for all people and led an investigation into the Annapolis Housing Authority’s banning practices.

Snowden has campaigned for numerous local candidates, including Janet S. Owens, the first woman elected as county executive in Anne Arundel County, Maryland; and Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen. Snowden, who spearheaded a successful two-year $800 thousand capital fund campaign to create the first Coretta Scott King Memorial Garden and the first Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in the State of Maryland. Snowden was honored with an award at the 23rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Dinner in Glen Burnie, Maryland in 2011.

Carl Snowden was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 9, 2011.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - The Honorable Carl Snowden lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable Carl Snowden describes his father's U.S. military service
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - The Honorable Carl Snowden describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable Carl Snowden describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable Carl Snowden describes his mother's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - The Honorable Carl Snowden describes segregation in Anne Arundel County, Maryland
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Carl Snowden remembers his playmate's father, Mr. Marshall
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - The Honorable Carl Snowden recalls Mr. Marshall's mistreatment by his white employer
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - The Honorable Carl Snowden talks about his mother's response to racism
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - The Honorable Carl Snowden describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Carl Snowden lists his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Carl Snowden recalls his maternal grandfather's death
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Carl Snowden remembers Annapolis Elementary School in Annapolis, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Carl Snowden describes his first home in Annapolis, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Carl Snowden remembers President John Fitzgerald Kennedy's assassination
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Carl Snowden remembers Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Carl Snowden talks about WANN Radio in Annapolis, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Carl Snowden recalls reading 'The Autobiography of Malcolm X'
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - The Honorable Carl Snowden recalls boycotting classes at Annapolis High School in Annapolis, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - The Honorable Carl Snowden recalls negotiating with the NAACP
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - The Honorable Carl Snowden recalls his expulsion from Annapolis High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Carl Snowden recalls attending the Key School in Annapolis, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Carl Snowden remembers being investigated by the FBI
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Carl Snowden describes his radio program, 'Community Viewpoint'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Carl Snowden recalls attending Howard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Carl Snowden recalls working for the Community Action Agency
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Carl Snowden recalls the birth of his first son
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Carl Snowden recalls gaining access to his FBI file
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - The Honorable Carl Snowden describes his housing activism in Annapolis, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - The Honorable Carl Snowden recalls how he came to found Carl Snowden and Associates
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - The Honorable Carl Snowden describes Carl Snowden and Associates
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Carl Snowden remembers appearing on 'Square Off'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Carl Snowden recalls meeting Oprah Winfrey
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Carl Snowden talks about publicizing Carl Snowden and Associates
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Carl Snowden recalls his election to the Annapolis City Council
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Carl Snowden describes the structure of Annapolis City Council
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Carl Snowden recalls introducing a South African divestment bill
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Carl Snowden remembers traveling to South Africa
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - The Honorable Carl Snowden recalls passing South African divestment legislation in Annapolis, Maryland
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - The Honorable Carl Snowden recalls a lesson from Parren J. Mitchell, III
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - The Honorable Carl Snowden talk about Maryland's Mitchell family
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - The Honorable Carl Snowden recalls his decision to run for mayor of Annapolis, Maryland
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - The Honorable Carl Snowden recalls his bill to integrate private clubs in Annapolis, Maryland
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - The Honorable Carl Snowden describes the political history of Anne Arundel County, Maryland
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - The Honorable Carl Snowden recalls securing the posthumous pardon of John Snowden
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - The Honorable Carl Snowden recalls the creation of a memorial for Maryland's lynching victims
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - The Honorable Carl Snowden recalls honoring Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. in Anne Arundel County, Maryland
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - The Honorable Carl Snowden talks about Coretta Scott King's legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - The Honorable Carl Snowden recalls meeting Governor Paris Glendenning
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - The Honorable Carl Snowden describes the government of Anne Arundel County, Maryland
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - The Honorable Carl Snowden recalls becoming director of Maryland's civil rights division
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - The Honorable Carl Snowden describes the psychological effects of racism
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - The Honorable Carl Snowden describes his hopes for public housing
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - The Honorable Carl Snowden talks about economic development
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - The Honorable Carl Snowden describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - The Honorable Carl Snowden describes the progress of African Americans
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - The Honorable Carl Snowden reflects upon his legacy and how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - The Honorable Carl Snowden talks about his family