Espousing faith, hope, and possibilities, “Reflections on Pine”  events marked the 50th anniversary of civil unrest in Cambridge Maryland following decades of economic and educational segregation. In July of 2017, people came from all over the country for a series of events commemorating fifty years of civil rights, change, and community.

 

With the spotlight on race relations and tensions nationally, we realized Cambridge would be at the forefront of national Civil Rights coverage.  We took this opportunity to reclaim our narrative and change the perceptions and perspectives of our community.  The purpose of the 4-day events was to provide the community with an opportunity to openly discuss and learn about what occurred over 50 years ago. Similarly; to how other cities in the South have come together to create commemorations such as Birmingham, AL on the civil rights movement, we envision our city to become a tourist destination event.

 

ESNC intends to use our platform as another opportunity to bring together segments of the community that generally do not mix and create events that will enlighten as well as heal.

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.

 

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Reflections on Pine: Cambridge commemorates the civil rights movement, community, and change."

During July 22-23, 2017 we will feature walking tours, art exhibits, book readings, a gala dinner, prayer breakfast, and more. Details will follow in the coming months. The summer of 1967 was the height of Civil Rights Movement in Cambridge, Maryland. On the evening of July 24, 1967, tensions erupted on Pine Street, the heart of the African-American community.  The effects from this night changed the dynamics of the local community and its residents forever. 

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Cesar Gonzalez interviews Kisha Petticolas and Dion Banks, Founders of the Eastern Shore Network for Change about the upcoming commemoration on the 50th Anniversary of the July 1967 racial unrest in Cambridge, MD.  

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CAMBRIDGE — Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford celebrated Black History Month in Cambridge Saturday, and presented a proclamation to civil rights leader Gloria Richardson, declaring Feb. 11 Gloria Richardson Day in Maryland.

 

Richardson, 94, a Cambridge native, now lives in New York and was unable to attend the ceremony at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in person due to a snowstorm. The snow did not stop Richardson from being part of the ceremony as Rutherford was able to present the proclamation from Gov. Larry Hogan to her in front of a large-screen TV via Skype.

 

She is credited with leading civil rights demonstrations in Cambridge during the 1960s with a nonviolent approach, focusing on public accommodations and continuing the cause with other activists in the Cambridge Nonviolent Action Committee when segregation remained in the city.

 

“Maryland recognizes the courageous leadership and commitment of Gloria H. Richardson during the civil rights moment of the 1960s,” Rutherford said. “During a time of racial segregation, Gloria H. Richardson became one of the strongest advocates for economic rights, as well as desegregation.

 

Maryland is proud to join in honoring Gloria H. Richardson for her contributions in the fight to achieve racial equality during a defining era of our nation’s struggle for civil rights for all.”   Richardson thanked the standing-room-only crowd at the church.

 

“I think this is fantastic that you all put this together,” she said. “It may not be perfect in Cambridge, but there is a big difference from back then when I came along.”

Richardson also thanked all the people who joined her during the civil rights protests back in the 1960s. She said none of the changes today would have been possible without people coming together back then.

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