As a mom, a grandmother, teacher and lifelong Frederick resident, I am immensely proud of Alderwoman Donna Kuzemchak. Her tireless leadership for equality, fairness and decency have finally succeeded in the removal of the Justice Roger B. Taney bust from the grounds of City Hall. No one debates the quality of the artwork in the bust. What is unarguable is that bust memorialized one of the darkest periods in American history. Justice Taney wrote the Supreme Court majority ruling in the scandalous Dredd-Scott decision, which upheld the legality of slavery. Justice Taney also held that no one of African lineage (free or slave) could be worthy of citizenship with respect to the United States Constitution. The Dredd-Scott ruling made the US Civil War inevitable. For the last 19 years, Alderwoman Kuzemchak (or “Donna K” as she is known to many locals) has led the fight for what’s right in advocating to remove the Taney bust from City Hall. On Saturday, March 18, Donna K and supporters won this battle – and Frederick City is better for it. Both the busts of Governor Thomas Johnson and Justice Taney are now due to be placed at Mount Olivet Cemetery. We cannot undo the past. But we can stand, presently, for equality and fairness – for decency in support for our great community. Donna K stands for equality and fairness – for decency. She fights for what’s right. An advocate like no other and I thank her.