2-22-12: Maryland’s Civil Rights Movement Seen and Heard
On Thursday evening, the Maryland Historical Society will host a panel discussion to launch an exhibition called “Seen and Heard: Maryland’s Civil Rights Era in Photographs and Oral Histories.”
“Seen” is for the Henderson Photograph Collection, which contains thousands of prints from Paul Henderson, a photographer who spent much of his career at the Afro-American newspaper. “Heard” is for the McKeldin-Jackson Oral History Project. Dr. Lillie Carroll Jackson headed of the Baltimore branch of the NAACP from 1935 to 1970–a span that included Theodore McKeldin’s terms as mayor of Baltimore and governor of Maryland. The oral history project contains interviews with civil rights figures about McKeldin and Jackson, their relationship, and their role in Baltimore’s civil rights movement.
Today, we’ll hear some audio from those oral histories, and we’ll discuss them with three guests. Jenny Ferretti is the Maryland Historical Society’s curator of photographs. Dr. Helena Hicks was part of the civil rights movement here in Baltimore; she took part in the downtown Baltimore Read’s Drug Store sit-in in 1955, and she serves as a commissioner on the Baltimore City Commission for Historical & Architectural Preservation. And Fraser Smith, WYPR’s own senior news analyst and columnist for the Daily Record, wrote the book Here Lies Jim Crow: Civil Rights in Maryland.
Listen to the full conversation: [38:57]On Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m., the Maryland Historical Society will host a free panel discussion to launch their “Seen and Heard.” Dr. Hicks will be a panelist—as will quite few other notable folks:
- Larry Gibson, Professor of Law at University of Maryland, is also on the Board of Trustees of the Maryland Historical Trust, Commissioner for Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation and Chairman of the Commission to Coordinate the Study, Commemoration, and Impact of the History and Legacy of Slavery in Maryland.
- Dr. Helena Hicks participated in the Read’s Drugstore sit-ins in downtown Baltimore in 1955, is a Morgan State graduate and Commissioner on the Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation.
- Dr. Barry Lanman is the Director of the Martha Ross Center for Oral History at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He conducted some of the interviews in the McKeldin-Jackson Oral History Project.
- Dr. Michelle Scott, also from University of Maryland, Baltimore County, is an Associate Professor who specializes in the study of race and ethnicity in the American experience with emphasis on African American history, black musical culture, and women’s studies.
- William F. Zorzi was a reporter and editor at The Sun for nearly twenty years, writer for the last three seasons of The Wire television program on HBO, and is currently at work with partner David Simon on a book about the rise of the drug culture in Baltimore, using Pennsylvania Avenue and its habitues as the vehicles to tell the story.
The panel will be introduced by Dr. Skipp Sanders, Interim Director for the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture and moderated by John Gartrell, archivist at the Afro-American Newspapers Archives and Research Center.
Entry filed under: Annapolis, History, Justice, Law, On Air. Tags: civil rights, Ford's Theater, Fraser Smith, Helena Hicks, Here Lies Jim Crow, Jenny Ferretti, Lillie Carroll Jackson, maryland historical society, NAACP, Theodore McKeldin.