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Former Montgomery County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett Discusses “Politics of Radical Inclusion” with MC President, April 30  

Isiah Leggett has been a force for radical inclusion in Montgomery County for several decades, advocating tirelessly for education and equity, as well as human rights. In addition to his 12 years as the Montgomery County Executive, Leggett also served on the County Council, as a White House Fellow, a law professor at Howard University, and the Chair of the Human Rights Commission.

The Politics of Radical Inclusion Presidential Dialogue Series Presents:

Isiah Leggett, former Montgomery County Executive with Dr. DeRionne Pollard

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 7 p.m.

Rockville Campus, Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center
(Free and open to the public)

Public service has been a hallmark of Mr. Leggett’s professional life, for which he has been recognized with more than 400 awards. He served in the Vietnam War and has taken on roles in countless local and national boards, where his experience has helped affect positive change through the work of non-profits. A cornerstone of his leadership has been dignity and respect for all people, which he has advanced through strategic policy decisions. He has been an outspoken supporter of Montgomery College’s mission, joining his spouse, Catherine to lend their names to a Legacy campaign that has raise more than $1.7 million for scholarships. The math and science center underway on the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus will bear their names as well.

A free copy of Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book, Leadership: In Turbulent Times, will be provided to the first 150 students at the event.

About the 2018-19 Presidential Dialogue Series

The 2018-2019 Montgomery College Presidential Dialogue Series will explore the politics of radical inclusion. Building communities in which everyone feels welcomed is a “radical” ideal with many benefits, including higher academic achievement by students. Inclusive practices contribute to safe, healthy, productive neighborhoods and schools, where diverse people and ideas flourish. The past year has seen a fracturing of such ideals, with increasingly polarized national political rhetoric. Civil demonstrations of protest have been cast as disloyalty to the nation. Hostile political factions have paralyzed compromise and stalled urgent legislation. Immigrants have been vilified and diversity, discouraged. While intolerance appears to be on the rise, an alternative movement—radical inclusion—is gaining traction. Actively searching out ways to bring people on the margins into the community is one antidote to the marginalization so many experience. But it takes political will, civility, and many times, discomfort. This year’s series will delve into the question: How can our nation create a politics of radical inclusion?

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