In Baltimore, decades after public spaces were de-segregated under state law, many African American restaurant owners have incorporated social justice initiatives and community service programs into their business models as a way of both honoring the past and celebrating their culture.
Myriad Carroll County high school students as they read poetry, speeches, sang songs and presented artwork at the fifth annual African-American Read-In Monday evening — a collaboration between Carroll County Public Schools, the Carroll County Public Library, the NAACP and Carroll Arts Center.
People who grew up in Turner Station, an African-American enclave in Baltimore County, recall a place where "everybody knew everybody" and church and family ruled. Many went on to great success, despite racial challenges. Now some are working to revive the neighborhood.
Plans to renovate and repurpose Howard County’s former all-black high school are seeing renewed vigor with the county delegation’s recent vote to support a $500,000 bond bill for the project — a measure that could result in $1 million overall with a county match.