Hogan: ‘Dr. King Would Be Awful Proud’ of Racial Progress in State House

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) told the crowd gathered at an event honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. that the slain civil rights leader would appreciate the state’s diverse leadership.

“I can tell you as I look around this crowd here tonight,” Hogan said Monday night, “Dr. King would be awful proud at how far we’ve come, with all of these great African-American leaders that we have here in Annapolis doing such a good job representing their constituents.”

House Speaker Michael Busch, flanked by Gov. Larry Hogan and Legislative Black Caucus Chairwoman Cheryl Glenn, at a wreath-laying by a tree planted in honor of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.         Photo by Bruce DePuyt

Hogan, House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel), Legislative Black Caucus Chairwoman Cheryl D. Glenn (D-Baltimore City) and others gathered to lay a wreath at the tree planted in King’s honor on the grounds of the State House.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) noted that the tree, once a sapling, “is now almost as tall as the State House.”

Former state Sen. Larry Young (D-Baltimore City), who urged then-Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources Torrey Brown to plant the tree, said Maryland is the only state in the union to have a tree honoring King on the grounds of its Capitol.

“It’s marvelous,” he said after the event.

Bruce DePuyt
Bruce DePuyt spent nearly three decades on local television, including 14 years as executive producer and host of News Talk on NewsChannel 8 in the Washington, D.C., area. He has served as reporter, anchor and producer/host of 21 This Week in Montgomery County and as reporter/anchor at NBC affiliate WVIR-TV in Charlottesville, VA. He's a regular contributor to WTOP (103.5 FM) and frequently moderates community and political events.


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