By Doni Glover, Publisher
Unapologetically Black: Doni Glover Autobiography
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(BALTIMORE – January 5, 2021) – In 2002, Kenneth N. Oliver made history in Baltimore County by becoming the first Black councilman. It was a very refreshing thing to finally see a Black man on the Baltimore County Council, and he stayed until 201. After all, Blacks have been heavily populating northwest Baltimore County, including Woodlawn and Randallstown, since integration began. We’re talking about more than five decades of trekking out Liberty Road. To his credit, Oliver brought a Walmart to the Randallstown area. He also brought a Home Depot. And he was responsible for pushing then-County Executive Jim Smith on other issues, including a new YMCA for Randallstown. It has the largest indoor track in the county.
Sure, we had other leaders in the area like the late Ella White Campbell fighting for Black people in that neck of the woods for a long time. And, of course, no one can forget the indomitable state Senator, Delores G. Kelley. While she began as a delegate in 1991, in 1995, she became a state Senator and has ruled ever since.
Enter Julian Jones. When Jones first ran for office against Oliver for the Council seat, he just missed. However, in 2014, Jones would rally his troops again but this time he would beat Oliver and go on to make a new accomplishment – something that was unprecedented: becoming Chair of the County Council.
Last night, Jones made history again by being re-elected to Chairman of the County Council.
This is huge for Baltimore County as Blacks comprise nearly 30% of the population. Further, if Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski makes the move for Governor, Jones will have a strong advantage to become the first Black County Executive of Baltimore County.
Now, that’s what I’m talking about!
Anyway, CONGRATULATIONS, Chairman Jones, on a job well-done. For your colleagues to hold you in such regard is not only a testament to you as an individual but also to the community for which you represent! Please continue to push the envelope for Black business, public education, and affordable housing.