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Capturing the Movement: Before and After the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in Photographs

Capturing the Movement: Before and After the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in Photographs

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Fifty years ago this week the Civil Rights Act of 1964 voided all discriminatory laws (de jure segregation) in the public arena. It went a step further than each of its predecessors of 1866, 1871, 1875, 1957 and 1960 by outlawing racial segregation in schools, the workplace and other public spaces. Considered the most important act in its lineage, ponder for a moment the fact that America, land of the free, required at least five more acts of congress to even begin moving toward equality for all.

For those keeping score at home, there was the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and Civil Rights bills passed in 1968 (Fair Housing), 1987 (featuring an override of President Reagan’s veto), 1990 (job discrimination), and 1991 (right to trial by jury in discrimination cases).

It’s important to remember and celebrate this important legislation. But equally important is to remember the struggle that led to it, the people behind the scenes, and what came after. To commemorate this anniversary, Joe Tropea, the Curator of Films & Photographs, and Digital Projects Coordinator at the Maryland Historical Society, selected photographs from three MdHS collections (Paul Henderson, Richard Childress, and Theodore McKeldin) that highlight the struggle, high and low points, and remind us of what it means to be human.

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WWI: Unseen images from the front

WWI: Unseen images from the front

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A Viscount in the Armoured Cavalry Branch of the French Army left behind a collection of hundreds of glass plates taken during World War One that have never before been published. The images, by an unknown photographer, show daily life of soldiers in the trenches, destruction of towns and military leaders. The year 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War (WWI). – Reuters
 
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Retrospective: Baltimore’s ‘Believe’ billboards

Retrospective: Baltimore’s ‘Believe’ billboards

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In 2002, the stark signs erected around town by Baltimore’s “Believe” campaign intrigued photographer Amy Davis. “I wondered what impact, if any, they would have on people in those communities,” she says. Using an old-fashioned camera set up on a tripod, she invited passers-by to discuss their lives and beliefs.
 
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Archives: Northwood-Appold United Methodist Church

Archives: Northwood-Appold United Methodist Church

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The fastest growing church in Baltimore – that was the distinction held for Northwood-Appold Methodist Church in 1955, the membership of which has grown from 200 to more than 2,000 in eleven years its members had been gathering. A four-alarm fire heavily damaged the church at the corner of Loch Raven Boulevard and East Cold Spring Lane in Northeast Baltimore Friday morning.

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Marveling at Geminid meteor showers through years

Marveling at Geminid meteor showers through years

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The Geminid meteor shower is one of the most prolific of the big, annual meteor showers, and also one of the strangest. When viewing conditions are ideal, it is possible to see between 100 and 140 meteors per hour. However, this year the Geminid peak coincided with a nearly-full moon. Because the light of the moon will drowned out some of the dimmer meteors, sky watchers saw between 40 to 60 meteors Friday night. More →