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2021 Day of Civility

The Allegany County chapter of Choose Civility will celebrate the county’s fourth annual Day of Civility on Thursday, April 8. The Allegany County chapter of Choose Civility was initiated by the Allegany County Library System, the Women’s Action Coalition of Greater Allegany County, and the 2018 class of Leadership Allegany. Choose Civility: Allegany County is a community-wide initiative to position the county as a model of civility by promoting civil conversations and kindness toward others.

The Day of Civility Schedule:

Food for fines Day: Thursday April 8

2:00 – 6:00 PM – Food for Fines

Allegany County Library System – All Libraries (LaVale closed for renovation)

On Thursday, April 8th, all branches of the library will accept non-perishable food donations in exchange for library fines. Each donated item will reduce the patron’s library fines by $1.00, up to a maximum of $15.00 per person. Food donations should be within their expiration date, undamaged, and unopened.

2:00 -3:00 PM Eat.Learn.Council.

Virtual Event

As part of Western Maryland Food Council’s three-day conference dedicated to growing a health food system in a pandemic world, this free session will be guided by Allegany College of Maryland’s Democracy Commitment Committee and Frostburg State University’s Communication Leadership Lab and will focus the discussion of food systems in relation to Choose Civility principals. Please note, you do not have to attend the full conference to attend this free session.

For more information on the Western Maryland Food Council and the annual conference, please visit

7:00 -8:30 PM Braver Angels College Debate: Should Government Provide Healthcare for All Citizens?

Virtual Event

A debate promoting thinking, listening, and respect for all. Organized and moderated by students in the FSU’s Debate Team, LEAD 401 Citizen Leadership class, Communication Leadership Lab, and ACM’s Democracy Commitment Committee.

Communication Leadership in 2021: Walking the Civility Talk

Now available on YouTube! Listen below:

Check out this roundtable style conversation discussing what “communication leadership” looks like for us locally. How can we increase cooperation and collaboration in order to solve our community’s challenges? Information on this podcast will be available by April 8. Coming to a podcast platform soon!

Other events/happenings in April

6 PM April 19 – Breaking Free: Life Behind and Beyond Bars – A Community Call for Criminal Justice Reform

Allegany College of Maryland’s Human Service Class of 2021 will host this presentation featuring best-selling author Anthony Ray Hinton, a former and wrongly convicted death row inmate whose conviction was overturned by the Supreme Court in 2015. Congressman David Trone (MD-06) will provide brief introductory remarks about current criminal justice legislation. The event will conclude with a discussion about local action criminal justice reform, specifically prison reentry, with a focus on opportunities for the community to get involved
and take action.

All Month – Equal Justice Essay Contest

The Equal Justice Initiative in partnership with the Allegany County Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Committee announces an upcoming scholarship contest open to 9th – 12th grade students attending public high school in Allegany County, MD where prizes totaling at least $5,000 will be awarded. Deadline is April 30. Students are asked to examine the history of a topic of racial injustice and to discuss its legacy today. Essays should explain the chosen topic using a specific historical event(s), explore how the injustice persists, and imagine solutions for a future free from racial injustice. Students are encouraged to reflect on how the topic impacts their own lives and communities.