In 2009, the Somerset County NAACP and ACLU of Maryland released a report, "Semper Eadem: Always the Same?," examining the demographics of Somerset County government, which revealed troubling disparities between the numbers of African Americans who live in Somerset County, and the number employed in the government and schools there, especially at the upper echelons. In response to that report, and a well-attended town hall meeting was held, where many in the community came together and formed a Task Force on Diversity, to develop a strategy for addressing these disparities. The Task Force held a series of meetings and finalized a comprehensive set of recommendations intended to ensure that local government values diversity and that Somerset County is an inclusive and welcoming place.



Deborah Jeon, ACLU of Maryland legal director

Date filed

May 17, 2009