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Martin Luther King Speaks in Baltimore 1958

   

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I never will forget the experience that came to all of us on that night,

that the old nation was to pass away and a new nation to come

into being. I remember as we stood out there where hundreds and

thousands of people assembled, waiting for the old … Read the rest

Jesse Jackson Scourged in The Baltimore Times

   

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What Jackson contributed to black life and culture is no small matter. When he joined Martin and SCLC in 1963,

he organized Chicago’s black clergymen in support of King. In 1966, he coordinated efforts that

 challenged the northern racism that prevented integration of schools and open housing. He also … Read the rest

Inequities of Baltimore Black Youth

   

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  We should not join the Right and the White Nationalists in their anti-black youth rhetoric. We should

be looking for more and more ways we can support youth responses to their social and class oppression.

 

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Statistics on the Inequities Facing

Baltimore’s African-American Youth

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Down on All Four in Baltimore

   

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Blackberry mysteries & aching secrets

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bouncing ripe breasts eyed in honey lips

 African hips rock healing rhythms

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with flat bellies & global asses curving

 

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Down on All Four in Baltimore

By Rudolph Lewis

 

Budding tender leaves unfold, paint

treetops & blue skies with green

 

Looming winter … Read the rest

Community Unrest: The Rise of Baltimore Local 1199

   

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My introduction to many of the issues confronting working people and their unions occurred

in 1959 when my father, my neighbors, and my uncles went on strike against Bethlehem Steel.

I learned that this strike of the United Steelworkers of America (USW) was a national event

 that had the … Read the rest

A Christian Goon Squad in Black Baltimore

   

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These wise guys—the “Goon Squad”—Negro college men (mostly) who could appreciate

poetry and oratory, or a fine turn of phrase, were at the center and height of their

political engagement of racism so as to make America fulfill its promises to men, women,

and children who had been left … Read the rest

Baltimore Black Churches

   

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By 1860 the African American community thrived on the foundation of more than 16 churches and missions

throughout Baltimore. By 1900, more than 12 African American churches resided in Old West Baltimore alone.

They helped give birth to and nurture almost every civic institution in the community

 

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Baltimore Back-Sliding

   

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In Baltimore, class sizes are larger than in other counties. That reality is viewed as a factor

 in lower test scores in Baltimore than in surrounding counties and other counties.  These lack

of resources result in a higher dropout rate

 

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Baltimore, Back-Sliding, & Budgets

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Baltimore City Council

   

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Baltimore was one of the few cities in which Blacks held high public offices. This was because

Maryland after the Civil War did not deny Blacks the right to vote as many states did

 

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Baltimore City Council

 

President Elected at-large to a four year term of office, the … Read the rest

Baltimore Slave Markets

   

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The end of the slave jails in Baltimore was on July 24, 1863

Colonel Birney . . . proceeded to Slatter’s jail . . . enlisted the male Negroes

in the army and liberated the female slaves.

 

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Baltimore’s Old Slave Markets

In 1835 The city Boasted a Dozen … Read the rest