‘Re­flec­tions on Pine’ event be­gins July 20

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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” from Thurs­day, July 20 through Sun­day, July 23.

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” 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 AfricanAmer­i­can 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 for ward.

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.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Lt. Gov. Boyd Ruther­ford, left, East­ern Shore Net­work for Change co-founder Dion Banks and Cam­bridge-Mayor Vic­to­ria Jack­son-Stan­ley un­veil on Feb. 11, the ESNC’s ban­ner for the up­com­ing series “50 Years After the Fire: A Com­mem­o­ra­tion of Our His­tory,” a com­mem­o­ra­tion of the sum­mer of 1967 and the fire on Pine Street

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