Long before anyone ever imagined Black History Month, the fight for many Americans was for legal equality and access. I was witness to one of these historic struggles, although I had no idea of its significance at the time. I hadn't known I was living in a segregated society anymore than a fish knows it's in water. My world — neighborhood, church, school, stores — were all white in the early 1960s. But times were changing, as we all know now, and the Civil Rights Movement was on its
Gov. Martin O'Malley, a presidential hopeful, has taken on yet another "pop issue," proposing that Maryland provide foster care to several thousand unaccompanied Central American minors, lest they be sent to "certain death." He has also championed abolition of capital punishment and the establishment of gay marriage, the Dream Act, and tax credits and fueling stations for electric vehicles whose technology is not ready for prime time.
This was the promise: No longer would African-Americans be forced to pick up their meals from the back door of restaurants. No longer would they need to fear being unable to find lodgings on their way home from a trip.
They gathered in a parking lot at Pimlico Race Course on Monday morning and tossed leavened leftovers into more than two dozen incinerating barrels, burning to a crisp everything from slices of pizza to boxes of Cheerios to dry grains.
On Sunday, Sept. 15, 1963, Ku Klux Klan members planted a bomb in the basement of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, killing four young black girls. One of those girls was Braddock's 14-year-old sister, Carole Robertson.
Revered as a "gentleman in the finest sense of the word, remarkable convert-maker and a friend of the benighted," Father Vincent Warren drove into rural Virginia one September night to share the word of God. He had no idea the treachery that awaited.
I wonder if my Laurel friends and neighbors are aware of what's been happening in the military lately. Those who defend our freedoms have been losing theirs; instances of religious persecution in the military have become a somewhat regular occurrence.
A test shown to Arundel High School students as part of a lesson about racial bias raised objections from parents and prompted apologies from the Anne Arundel County school system, officials acknowledged Thursday.
On a Civil War battlefield where tens of thousands of men clashed fifteen decades ago, eight Ku Klux Klan members unfurled their group's banner Saturday afternoon and called for a new uprising to oust President Obama.
Towson University is trying to reassure its student population and address the concerns of national civil rights groups after a pro-white race student group recently announced it would conduct crime-watching patrols at night.
Set in 1937, "Pullman Porter Blues" at Arena Stage is the story of three generations of African-American pullman car porters, the highly-trained, uniformed men who took care of every need, around the clock, of first-class, sleeping car passengers. Seeing the play opens a flood of memories of family members who worked as pullman porters, and other who used the railroad for hasty retreats.