MLK Special: Stories Of Women Activists; The New Civil Rights; Landmarks; Theatre Review | WYPR

MLK Special: Stories Of Women Activists; The New Civil Rights; Landmarks; Theatre Review

Jan 18, 2016

On this Martin Luther King Day, 48 years since his death, a look at the past and present of the civil rights movement.  First, a conversation with two women whose actions in Baltimore and the Eastern Shore changed the tide of equality in Maryland.  In the early years of the movement, women were often overshadowed by men, but today, we meet Helena Hicks, who’s 1955 action led to the integration of Read’s Drug Stores, and Gloria Richardson, a founder of what’s come to be known as the Cambridge Movement.  

Then- two leaders in the faith and social justice community join me to talk about how today’s activism points to an evolution in the movement – and to the changing role of the Black church. 

Plus – what’s the future of several civil rights landmarks in Baltimore? The Director of Preservation and Outreach at Baltimore Heritage updates us on the fate of some historic homes and law offices, and the first public health center for African Americans.

J. Wynn Rousuck reviews Gone at the Theatre Project.