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Lecture on Desegregation in Baltimore and Allegany County Presented at FSU
03/09/2004

Frostburg State University will host a lecture on "The Brown Decision: Desegregation in Baltimore and Allegany County," presented by Maryland archivist Dr. David Taft Terry on Monday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the Lane University Center Manicur Assembly Hall.

Terry's informative talk will discuss post-World War II desegregation in both Baltimore and locally in Allegany County. The event is free and open to the public.

Although schools were given one year to desegregate following the Supreme Court decision in May 1954, the Baltimore City School Board ordered immediate compliance, effective the following fall. Terry traces the relative ease of the transition to the decades prior to Brown v Board of Education. He examines Baltimore during the period of 1936 to 1955 and demonstrates that the struggle was being waged simultaneously in multiple walks of life, in the various spaces of existence, and by many of the same folk. Though subtle, indirect and non-coordinated, the multifaceted "attack" on discrimination brought about a call for an end to segregation and Jim Crow.

Terry is a Research Specialist at the Maryland State Archives, where he has researched Maryland history related to the Underground Railroad, lynching and racial desegregation in the mid-20th century. His forthcoming book will examine pre-1954 desegregation in Baltimore City and the Urban Upper South. He is also an adjunct professor of history at Morgan State University.

Local historian Al Feldstein will also have a display of memorabilia related to African Americans.

The lecture is sponsored by FSU's African American Studies Program, the Maryland Council for the Humanities and the Council of the Alleghenies. For more information, contact Dr. Bob Moore at (301) 687-4995. FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

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