The Longest Table, the first of its kind in Maryland, brought together a diverse group of more than 300 guests to share a meal and engage in meaningful conversation about their community. This program was part of Choose Civility, an ongoing community-wide initiative, led by Howard County Library System, to position Howard County as a model of civility. The initiative's mission values diversity and chooses respect, compassion, empathy and inclusiveness as essential to quality of life.
The event provided a setting for guests to share their experiences, gain an understanding of how to find common ground and move their community forward together. Guests exchanged stories about life in Howard County, both where it has been and where it is going. The intent was to enable people to make new connections and engage in conversation about diverse perspectives and common goals.
Howard County Library System brought over 300 people together for an afternoon of dialogue and deliberation.