‘Reflections on Pine’ event schedule announced
— 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” from Thursday, July 20 through Sunday, July 23.
In July of 1967, the town of Cambridge, Md. 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” will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday evening. 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.
At 7 p.m. on Friday evening, there will be a gala dinner honoring Harriet Tubman, Gloria Richardson Dandridge, Fred Jackson, and Victoria JacksonStanley; four people from Dorchester County who refused to accept the status quo and worked to move our community forward.
A community conversation on race will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. 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” will begin at 7 a.m. on Sunday morning.
Sunday morning community church service, a partnership with the Ministerial Alliance in an effort to desegregate the most segregated hour in America, will be held at 11 a.m. at Bethel AME Church.
For a complete list of events, times, and locations, please visit the event website www.reflectionsonpine.org.
Eastern Shore Network for Change was founded by Dion Banks and Kisha Petticolas in 2012 with a mission to raise awareness of issues in Dorchester County, Maryland 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.