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FOR $100,000.00!!!

Thanks to strategic partnerships throughout our amazing state, ESNC has been awarded a grant for $100,000!!! Our focus is on education, representation, and revitalization.  Learn more about our journey and how strategic partnerships played a role in us securing funds for Bethel AME Cambridge, Maryland, located on historic Pine St.  

ESNC is featured as this month’s Heritage Partner Spotlight!  Eastern Shore Network for Change endeavors to raise awareness of issues in Dorchester County and creatively work with the community to inform, educate and foster change that leads to social and economic empowerment.   Scroll below to read more.  


“Reclaiming Our Narrative”

The podcast was created by Dion D. Banks and Kisha Petticolas, Cofounders of the Eastern Shore Network for Change. This collection of interviews was recorded and produced by ESNC board member, Verlisha Taylor, as a part of an event called “Reflections on Pine”, a series of events held in July 2017 to commemorate the civil unrest in Cambridge Maryland during the “Long Hot Summer of 1967”. These interviews focus on Cambridge during a time that for many people, had simply been ignored. The first six episodes feature stories from Clarabell Tilghman, Barbara Pinder, William “Pee Wee” Jackson, Gloria Richardson, Fred Jackson, and Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley.


We are very proud of these first six episodes and hope more people will decide to share their stories with us. We encourage you to listen and connect with our interviewees as they share first-hand experiences of life during the time of civil unrest.



ESNC was founded by Dion Banks and Kisha Petticolas in 2012.  



To be an allied resource for existing community based programs, local government, social service institutions, public schools, higher learning institutions, the department of corrections and our local courts.



ESNC will raise awareness of issues in Dorchester County and creatively work with the community to inform, educate, and foster change that leads to social and economic empowerment.



Kicking off “The Year of Reading”



The purpose of “The Year of Reading” is to build on the momentum from the “Reflections on Pine” events of last year that united the community to share our rich history.  There will be four books in the first year of the book club.  The first book to be discussed will be Peter Levy’s “Civil War on Race Street”.  Mr. Levy will come to Cambridge on Thursday September 20, 2018 to discuss his book.  That discussion will be broadcast on Facebook Live.



Dr. Peter B. Levy is Full Professor and former Chair of the Department of History and Political Science at York College of Pennsylvania, where he teaches courses on Recent America, the Civil Rights Movement, and Race and Justice.   He is the author of numerous books and articles, including: The Great Uprising: Race Riots in Urban America during the 1960s (Cambridge University Press, 2018); The Civil Rights Movement in Cambridge, Maryland (The University of Florida Press, 2003), The New Left and Labor (University of Illinois Press, 1994) and Let Freedom Ring: A Documentary History of the Civil Rights Movement (Praeger, 1992).



ESNC co-founder, Dion Banks said, “We are excited to be able to bring authors to our community to discuss their works.  We are hoping that these discussions will be unique opportunities for our community to come together and exchange ideas.”


Local organizations have signed on to help with this endeavor, including Dorchester County Public Schools and the Dorchester County Library.


ESNC’s mission is to raise awareness of issues in Dorchester County and to creatively work with the community to inform, educate, and foster change which leads to social and economic empowerment.


The Eastern Shore Network for Change (ESNC) is partnering with the Dorchester County Judy Center to organize a back to school rally at Sandy Hill Elementary School. For the 2nd year in a row, we are specifically calling on the men in our community to show the children, the school system, and our city that they care about our children and are invested in their success.


As a first step, we are asking men to arrive at The Judy Center on the morning of September 4th at 7:30 a.m. Coffee and donuts will be provided. The first arrival of children is at 8:05, so it is very important to arrive on time to avoid incoming buses and so that parking will not be an issue.

Our goal is to have 100 men participate, so please share this post with your network of friends, organizations, and churches. Women are MORE than welcome!!!


If we want to see a change in our community, we can't just talk about the problems, we have to be active in the solutions. Let's show these kids that this community supports them.

We look forward to seeing you on the first day of school!!!

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