Cambridge commemorates the Civil Rights Movement

CAMBRIDGE – The Eastern Shore Network for Change (ESNC) along with its many community stakeholders is commemorating the Civil Rights Movement in Cambridge with a four-day series of events entitled “Reflections on Pine: Cambridge commemorates civil rights, community & change” on July 20-23.

In July of 1967, the City of Cambridge Maryland was shattered after long-simmering racial tensions erupted in clashes between black residents and white police officers. The riots and resulting fires burned 17 buildings in a two-block area of Pine Street, the center of African-American commerce, culture, and community.

Event highlights include:

• “A Conversation with Gloria Richardson Dandridge.” Ms. Richardson Dandridge was a central figure of the Movement and was vital in negotiating the Treaty of Cambridge in 1963. She will give a one hour talk about her memories and thoughts of the Movement.

• A gala dinner honoring Harriet Tubman, Gloria Richardson Dandridge, Fred Jackson, and Victoria Jackson-Stanley; four people from Dorchester County who refused to accept the status quo and worked to move our community forward.

• A community conversation on race. This will be a professionally facilitated conversation about race and our community. A boxed lunch will be provided.

• A 5k race entitled “Race Against Racism”

• Sunday morning community church service; a partnership with the Ministerial Alliance in an effort to desegregate the most segregated hour in America.

For a complete list of events, please visit website: Eastern Shore Network for Change was founded by Dion Banks and Kisha Petticolas in 2012. Its mission is to raise awareness of issues in Dorchester that disproportionately impact the African-American community, and to creatively work with the community to inform, educate, and foster change that leads to social and economic empowerment.

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