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July 2017 marks 50 years since civil unrest in Cambridge Maryland, a period that has remained a decided and poignant period of time for the City and its residents since 1967. A group called the “Eastern Shore Network for Change” began initiating plans to recognize the courage of civil rights leaders earlier this year. The initiative also seeks to bring a community level conversation about various community member experiences and perceptions into focus. The initiative goals are to bring to light difficult times in our past in an effort to heal as a community and move forward together as a community.

Various events will take place that include a lecture, mural dedication, facilitated community conversation, music event, unity walk and church service are planned. A dinner at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay with civil rights leader Gloria Richardson is also planned for Friday (7/21) evening, with tickets on sale through Thursday. A free conversation with Gloria Richardson will also be held Thursday (7/20) at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, although free tickets must be reserved online.

Read more about each event on their Facebook Page or on their Website.

Read about the initiative in the press:

A Maryland city examines a past of racial division to move forward – ShareAmerica.com – July 21st 2017

Author debunks riot myth – Dorchester Star – July 23rd 2017

Living History – Dorchester Star – July 24th 2017

Civil Rights champion returns to Cambridge for “Reflections on Pine” – Dorchester Star – July 18th 2017

Dorchester’s newest mural to be dedicated July 21st – Dorchester Star – July 17th 2017

Cambridge’s untold history – Up Pine and beyond – Dorchester Banner – July 19th 2017

Civil Rights Champion Gloria Richardson Dandridge Returns to Cambridge for “Reflections on Pine” – Dorchester Banner – July 18th 2017