BALTIMORE (WJZ) – America once again faces racism after the mass shootings over the weekend in Buffalo, New York. The attack on a predominantly black community is under investigation as a hate crime.
As that tragedy is being investigated, a museum in Baltimore is preparing to open a new exhibit focusing on the continued fight for civil rights.
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The Maryland Center for History and Culture on Park Avenue in Baltimore has a mission to educate a new generation.
Allison Tollman told WJZ that the new exhibit will highlight Maryland’s contributions in the fight for equality.
“Civil Rights is generation and that. . . it happened here in Baltimore. It happened here in Maryland, and it continues to happen here today,” said Allison Tollman of the Maryland Center for History and Culture.
Exhibits focus on Maryland’s rich but sometimes unknown historical relationship with the civil rights movement. In 1968, Governor Spiro Agnew locked up nearly 300 students marching for better conditions at Bowie State University.
That struggle came nearly half a century before a lawsuit settled in 2021 would provide millions of dollars in new funding for historic black universities in Maryland.
In the 1950s, local college students challenged the apartheid system by conducting sit-ins at segregated restaurants years before the lunch counter protests in the south.
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“Morgan State College was at the heart of that, other schools joined in as well — Johns Hopkins University had some participants in the 1950s and into the 1960s,” said Dr. David Terry, an author and teacher history professor at Morgan State University, said.
The exhibit features recordings of everyday Marylanders telling stories in their own words. College professors say their students are eager to learn more.
“I think I’ve heard from a lot of students the idea that they feel like they’ve been denied some part of history, that they haven’t been given enough of it, that they’ve been taught it in a way that makes sense. maybe a little too narrow,” said Dr. Joshua Clark Davis, professor of history at the University of Baltimore.
The fight for equality continues to this day. We saw it in 2020 after the murder of George Floyd.
Following last weekend’s mass shooting in Buffalo – now under investigation as a hate crime – the exhibit will attempt to break down barriers as the battle for equal living in America rages on.
“It tells you that more work needs to be done,” said Professor Linda Day Clark, a visual artist and professor at Coppin State University. “And these people, often honored by us in an exhibition like this, are our elders. So that’s about us now. Now, young people have to make sure they keep the struggle real. ”
The exhibit opens this Friday and will feature dozens of Marylanders’ stories from then to the present.
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