Reverend John W. Holland became president of the local branch of the NAACP in the late 1950s, a post he retained for 10 years. During his tenure, he provided exemplary leadership to a community that openly and aggressively protested discriminatory practices of businesses and government in Howard County. He was inspired by the late Lillie Jackson and traveled throughout the state and country with her, trying to ensure human rights for all people.
In the late 1970s, Reverend Holland joined the Community Action Council (CAC) Board of Directors. During his 17 years of service on the Board, Reverend Holland was faithful, dedicated and always sought solutions to problems and obstacles confronting the disadvantaged. Reverend Holland worked closely with the CAC staff and led his congregation to offer its facilities to be used as a Senior Citizen Satellite Center, the first senior center in Western Howard County.
Reverend Holland was a founding member of the Lillie Carroll Jackson Museum, vice president of the Maryland State Conference of NAACP Branches, member of the Human Relations Council of Howard County, Black Family Life, the Ministerial Alliance, Howard County Commission on Aging and the Howard County Association for Retarded Citizens. On November 25, 1987, Reverend Holland’s journey through this life ended. Having earned the respect of friends and foes, he left a legacy and a lifetime of memories of a gallant man, committed to his family, his community, and his God.
The Community Action Council of Howard County (CAC) is pleased to announce that it has selected Senator Guy Guzzone and Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman to receive the organization’s 2017 Humanitarian Service Award. Both Guzzone and Kittleman have distinguished themselves for the award through their commitment to securing a permanent location for the Howard County Food Bank.
2017 Holland Awards Dinner – Sponsorships & Tickets Available Now
Sponsorships and tickets are available now! Contact Jen Grieb or 410-313-6174 to reserve your sponsorship or tickets.
More information can be found under our Holland Awards Page.