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People of Cambridge Move on From Segregated Past

Posted: 07/24/2017 16:05:00 -04:00 Updated:

CAMBRIDGE, Md. - Fifty years ago, civil unrest in Cambridge reached a boiling point. A fire broke out that destroyed several buildings in the area and left a community scarred. 

Now fifty years later, people say they are ready to reflect on those times and to move forward.

On the morning of July 23rd, people gathered behind Grace United Methodist Church and walked in unison towards a brighter future.

The walk was part of a four-day long reflection and healing process - remembering a segregated time in Cambridge history.

People like Omeaka Jackson say progress has been made since then, but there's still more work to be done.

"We still have poor housing inequality for certain people in the community," Jackson said. "And it's really not all about race, it's also about class."

A Friday night gala was part of Reflections on Pine - a series of events honoring civil rights leaders like Gloria Richardson Dandridge and Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley.

A discussion on race was also a part of the program. On Sunday, the unity walk summed up a tough but illuminating week.

People say the commemoration events have brought a lot of community - showing the progress Cambridge has made since 1967.

"It's about time that somebody picked up the torch and has been walking with it and seeing all the people that decided to be a part of it," Jackson said.

Reflections on Pine organizers say they're working on bringing a year-long workshop to Cambridge. They say they hope the workshop will help the community by providing education, jobs, and an understanding of racial relations.

 

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