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MICA Presents Baltimore '68 Riots: Loss and Legacy

Dramatic Reading Takes Place April 7 in Falvey Hall

Posted 03.09.09 by MICA Media Relations

Readers of Baltimore Riots '68: Loss and Legacy.

BALTIMORE--Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) joins with the University of Baltimore and UB's literary journal, Passager, to present Baltimore '68 Riots: Loss and Legacy, a dramatic reading of some of the stories collected in the Baltimore '68: Riots and Rebirth project. The free, public reading, which will be followed by a conversation with the audience, takes place Tuesday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Falvey Hall of Brown Center, 1301 Mount Royal Ave.

After the news of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s death (April, 1968) became public, riots broke out in cities all over the country, including Baltimore. Last year, in collaboration with the University of Baltimore's Baltimore '68: Riots and Rebirth series of events, Passager published a collection of oral histories by public officials, television reporters, clergy, storeowners, national guardsmen, and ordinary people of all ages. One of the surprising aspects of collecting the stories was learning that little had been written about the riots and very few people who lived through them had even talked about them with their families.

MICA and Passager continue the conversation with Baltimore '68 Riots: Loss and Legacy, which has been funded by a MICA Cultural Expansion Grant and the Office of Diversity and Intercultural Development.

Readers are: Mary Azrael, Linda I. Brown, L. Margaret Carruthers, Art Cohen, Kendra Kopelke, Joshua Merrill, Latonia Moss, Lenett Nef'faahtiti Myrick, Justin Sanders, and Jennifer Wallace.

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 52 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.