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As the fortieth anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s death approached, the University of Baltimore began an initiative to focus scholarly and civic attention on the events and aftermath that occurred in Baltimore following April 1968, and to engage Baltimoreans in a process of reconciliation.

The project, Baltimore ’68: Riots and Rebirth drew people together from a broad spectrum to shed light on a period in Baltimore’s history that had never been widely studied or discussed. The project included many forms of expression and levels of community engagement.

Designed to continue the civic dialogue about race relations and community forty years after the riots, the conversations helped community members to explore the changing nature of central Maryland and the people who live and work there.