Join the PG GOP as we host a voter registration drive at Bowiefest! We will be hosting a vendor booth registering individuals to vote for the upcoming midterm and municipal elections. If you would like to volunteer with our voter registration efforts contract Alex Pacheco at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Voter registration drive is a part of the Maryland GOP's statewide Super Saturday activities.
Bowiefest, brings the best of Bowie’s civic organizations, entertainers, and businesses together in one place at Allen Pond Park. Around the pond, you can sample food from area vendors including pulled pork, pit beef, corn dogs, cotton candy, funnel cakes, Italian sausage, frozen fruit drinks, and fresh-squeezed lemonade. There will be an arts and crafts area, sponsored by the Soroptimist International - Prince George's & Anne Arundel Counties and a Business Section sponsored by the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce. Three stages with entertainment and children’s ride section.
The Prince George's County Republican Central Committee Celebrates Black History Month with Local Hero and Civil Rights Activist Sylvester Vaughns Sr.
Did You Know
Sylvester Vaughns Sr., was an African-American, Republican, and longtime resident of Palmer Park, Maryland.
In 1971, Vaughns filed a discrimination lawsuit against Prince George’s County Board of Education - Vaughns v. BOARD EDUCATION, PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY. This resulted in Prince George’s County becoming the only school district in the state of Maryland to be Federally Court Ordered to develop a desegregation plan using busing. He was quoted as saying “the fact is we are doing busing to make things better. That's what government is supposed to do.”
In 1978, as NAACP President for Prince George’s County Chapter, Vaughns lead a 200 people march in Upper Marlboro Md., to protest police brutality by county officers following two different shooting incidents of unarmed black youths by white officers.
In 1996, as administrative assistant with the Prince George's County commission for animal control, he testified against the breed-specific legislation. He said "[t]he current ordinances in the county are sufficient.” The county’s code requires people to keep their dogs and cats leashed when off their property.
Sylvester Vaughns had been a Republican since he first registered to vote in North Carolina, believing it was the party of change for all people; the party of Frederick Douglas and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.