Ten members of the JGL LAW community attended the joint anniversary celebration of the J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association and the Prince George’s County Human Relations Commission. Both organizations are dedicated to improving Prince George’s County, and they celebrated over 40 years of service to the county.
The J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association was created originally as the J. Franklyn Bourne Law Club in honor of Bourne, who was the first African-American to start a law firm in Prince George’s County. Bourne was also the first African-American chairman of the Maryland’s Women’s Compensation Commission and he helped create the Prince George’s County Human Relations Commission.
The Prince George’s County Human Relations Commission is committed to protecting the civil rights of Prince George’s County residents. The commission investigates discrimination on the basis of education, employment, real estate, housing and law enforcement conduct. All with the aim that county residents can live, work and play free of bias, misunderstanding and conflict due to prejudice.
The anniversary celebration featured Yvette Lewis, DNC national committee woman, as the keynote speaker. Lewis also serves as director of external affairs and community engagement for US senator Chris Van Hollen.
The event was held Tuesday night at the Newton White Mansion in Mitchellville, MD. Congratulations and thank you to both organizations for their continued dedication to making Prince George's County a better place for us all. Ten JGL representatives attended.