The Marc Steiner Show

Maryland Civil Rights

Story Of Civil Rights In Cambridge, Maryland

July 16, 2013 – Hour 1

gloria-richardson-and-theWe commemorate the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of Cambridge, Maryland. Residents Enez Stafford-GrubbsBetty Jackson, and Francine Woolford join us to share their memories of the struggle for civil rights, an end to segregation, and better living conditions in their hometown on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.


Carl Murphy

Carl Murphy was the editor and publisher of the Afro American Newspapers for 45 years. In this profile, we hear from Carl Murphy’s grandson Ben Phillips, and we hear Bill Grimmette read some of Murphy’s stirring editorials.

Carl Murphy Editorials

Enjoy these three editorials, written by Carl Murphy and read by master storyteller Bill Grimmette.

First, you will hear an editorial from 1952, in which Murphy examines the Republican party’s decision to campaign in the south.

Next, in an editorial from 1954, he asks why some whites are so uncomfortable with the ruling of Brown v. Board of Education, and implores Black leaders to use more care in their public speaking.

Finally, in an editorial from 1963 he discusses the upcoming March on Washington, with a rousing refrain, “Come on down, Marchers!”

Our thanks to Bill Grimmette!

Ben Phillips, Grandson of Carl Murphy

Ben Phillips is the grandson of Carl Murphy. He joined Marc to discuss the amazing life his grandfather led and the legacy he leaves behind.

Juanita Jackson Mitchell

Juanita Jackson Mitchell was the first black female to practice law in Maryland. That is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of the extraordinary life this woman led.

CEM would like to thank Dr. Bruce Thompson from Frederick Community College for the audio of Mrs. Juanita Jackson Mitchell. We’d also like to thank Andrew Eppig for his help in engineering.

Gloria Richardson

Gloria Richardson was a leader of the civil rights movement in Cambridge during the 1960’s.  This woman was a formidable opponent to those who fought against equal rights and cut an inspiring figure to all who labored for the cause.

There are many great resources on the web to learn more about Gloria Richardson.  To hear longer interviews, visit the website of the C.V. Starr Center at Washington College.  They gave Mrs. Richardson an honorary degree last year and conducted a wonderful interview with her; you can hear it by clicking here.  The Annie E. Casey Foundation funded an oral history project that also interviewed Mrs. Richardson;the audio is located here.  We also suggest checking out the book Civil War on Race Street by York College of Pennsylvania professor Peter Levy.

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 to hear an interview we conducted with the current Mayor of Cambridge, Victoria Jackson Stanley, about her remembrance of Gloria Richardson and of growing up in Cambridge, and what is is like to live there today.

Cambridge Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley

Victoria Jackson-Stanley, who is the current and first African American or female Mayor of Cambridge, was only a child when Gloria Richardson was active in the civil rights movement in Cambridge. But she has vivid recollections of the woman who she says, “made me who I am today.” In this interview, she talks with Marc about her experiences growing up in Cambridge, her memories of the movement and how it changed her life.

Pip and Zastrow

Pip and Zastrow is the story of a unique friendship that helped keep Annapolis from plunging into chaos after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We’re very grateful to Urcunina Films who kindly allowed us to use audio from their fantastic documentary “Pip and Zastow: An American Friendship.” Please visit the documentary website to learn more and to order the dvd.

Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks, who was the inspiration that led to this entire series, is profiled in this last segment of our feature series. Listen to a 1956 interview with Rosa Parks, in which she describes the events of that day, the boycott, and her reasons for doing what she did.

And don’t miss the fantastic celebration planned by the Maryland Humanities Council to honor the legacy of Rosa Parks. Find out about all the great activities, from movies to public performances, by clicking here.


We’re very thankful to Pacifica Radio Archive for allowing us the use of their audio of a 1956 interview with Rosa Parks.