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Baltimore, MD. Morgan State students arrested for protests at the segregated Northwood Theater.

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Movie tickets at the Northwood Theatre cost just 90 cents back in 1963. But for some, the price of admission was considerably higher.

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It took years of picketing and nights in jail for hundreds of African-American college students and their supporters before the theater in the Hillen neighborhood of Baltimore dropped its whites-only policy.

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Fifty years ago this week, the matinee of the Disney movie “In Search of the Castaways” played to the Northwood’s first-ever integrated audience.

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“It was just something in my opinion that needed to be done,” said Joyce I. Dennison, 71, who, as a student at Morgan State College, joined the protests that led to the theater’s desegregation on Feb. 22, 1963.

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“You say you want to open a facility to the public — we are part of the public.”

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By early 1963, activists in Baltimore had won access to the Read's Drug Store fountains and to Ford's Theatre downtown, where African-Americans had had to climb a back staircase to sit in a segregated balcony.

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But the Northwood's management stubbornly refused to budge, even as other businesses in the shopping center dropped their resistance.

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Day after day, for about a week, hundreds of picketers marched on the theater. Police started to run out of vehicles to transport those arrested, and the city's jails overflowed.

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With Catholic, Protestant and Jewish congregations supporting the demonstrators, and with civic leaders tiring of the turmoil, the theater's management dropped trespassing and disorderly-conduct charges and agreed to open its doors to all.

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#February 

 

 

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