Reflections On Pine Cambridge commemorates civil rights, community & change

Espousing faith, hope, and possibilities, “Reflections on Pine” marked the 50th anniversary of civil unrest in Cambridge, Maryland following decades of economic and educational segregation. We invited the world to join us July 20-23, 2017 for a series of events commemorating fifty years of civil rights, change, and community.

We created the "Pine Street Walking Tour" a story of community, faith, hope and change. The tour captures the spirit of the Pine Street community of Cambridge when it was often referred to as "Black Wall Street." The Pine Street area of Cambridge was a self-sustaining African American community during the time of segregation.

Below is the video shown at the Gala Dinner honoring Gloria Richardson Dandridge, leader of the Cambridge Nonviolent Action Committee (CNAC) and the Cambridge Civil Rights Movement in the 60's.

Governor Hogan Declares February 11th as “Gloria Richardson Day” in the State of Maryland in 2017.

An intimate conversation with Gloria Richardson Dandridge, leader of the Civil Rights Movement in Cambridge, Maryland. Interviewed by Kisha Petticolas, Cofounder of Eastern Shore Network For Change (ESNC).

Below is the video shown at the Gala Dinner honoring Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley, 1st African American and 1st female Mayor of the City of Cambridge, Maryland.

This podcast was created by Dion D. Banks and Kisha Petticolas, Cofounders of the Eastern Shore Network for Change. This collection of interviews were recorded and produced by ESNC board member, Verlisha Taylor, as a part of an event called “Reflections on Pine”, a series of events held in July 2017 to commemorate the civil unrest in Cambridge Maryland during the “Long Hot Summer of 1967”. These interviews focus on our hometown of Cambridge during a time that for many people, had simply been ignored.

African American Community - Gathered on Pine St. Cambridge, Maryland

We came to realize that much of our town’s racial strife was a stagnant wound that had never properly healed. The 1960’s were a tumultuous time for the United States. On Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the small town of Cambridge for a short time became the epicenter of the nation’s Civil Rights movement.

We honor and celebrate the courageous leadership and commitment of our local Civil Rights Heroes during the time of racial segregation. Eastern Shore Network for Change, our strategic partners for Reflections on Pine, the City of Cambridge, Dorchester County and the state of Maryland is proud to join in honoring our change agents, both past and present for their contributions in the fight to achieve racial equality during a defining era of our nation’s struggle for civil rights for all.

ESNC will raise awareness of issues in Dorchester County and creatively work with the community to inform, educate, and foster change that leads to social and economic empowerment.

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Kisha Petticolas & Dion D. Banks, Cofounders of ESNC
Local activists visit Ethiopia, share views

Three local civil rights leaders visited this East African nation last month, at the invitation of the U.S. Embassy. Cambridge Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley, and Kisha Petticolas and Dion Banks of Eastern Shore Network for Change spent 10 days in Ethiopia, attending cultural and educational events, and speaking on the civil rights experience in Dorchester County.

We will continue to challenge the perceptions of our community by reclaiming our narrative and sharing our truth. Our story of hope, faith, and change; a story of world-class leadership and a resilient community who decided not to accept the status quo as an option.

Thanks to strategic partnerships throughout our amazing state, ESNC has been awarded a grant for $100,000!!! Our focus is education, representation and revitalization. Click on the link below to learn more about our journey and how strategic partnerships played a role in us securing funds for Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Cambridge, Maryland

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