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Library Resources for Constitution Day 2015

The Decker Library has compiled resources to support participation in MICA's Constitution Day Symposium on September 17, 2015

Posted 09.14.15 by Library Staff

Constitution Day 2015 speakers

To support MICA community participation in Constitution Day 2015, Decker Librarian Jennifer Ferretti has created a resource guide called Understanding Civic Unrest in Baltimore, 1968-2015.

About the Guide

The purpose of the guide is for students, faculty, and interested parties to use the resources found here to investigate and understand civic unrest in Baltimore from 1968 through present day through library materials available at Decker Library, as well as resources available elsewhere.

Understanding Civic Unrest in Baltimore, 1968-2015 is available through this link from the Decker Library.

About Constitution Day

Constitution Day is a free annual symposium co-sponsored by the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland (ACLU-MD).

The panel for 2015, moderated by WYPR's The Signal producer and MICA faculty member Aaron Henkin, will also include Reggie Shuford, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania (ACLU-PA), and artist Titus Kaphar, whose artworks interact with the history of art by appropriating its styles and mediums. The event, titled Black Lives Matter: Structural Racism in 21st Century America, will take place Thursday, Sept. 17 from 7-9 p.m. in Brown Center's Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave. Read more...

About the History of Civic Unrest in Baltimore

Civil Rights protests took place in Baltimore City well before the better-known and violent sit-ins of the south during the 1960s. The city suffered under Jim Crow laws, where segregation was legal in housing, education, and employment. Baltimore's African American and Jewish residents protested theaters and other businesses, schools, and local government.

Following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968, Baltimore faced devastating civic unrest that left six people dead, dozens injured, and hundreds of properties (private and public) burned and shattered. The National Guard was deployed under orders of Governor Spiro Agnew and Army troops were deployed under President Lyndon Johnson.

Image Information

Thumbnail: detail from cover of Borders of Equality: The NAACP and the Baltimore Civil Rights Struggle, 1914-1970 by Lee Sartain, available as an eBook from the Decker Library (log-in required for off-campus access).

This page: Speakers at MICA's 2015 Constitution Day, banner from MICA website.