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Media Advisory

Chief Judge Robert M. Bell Returns to Alma Mater, Dunbar High School, as “History-Maker”

(BALTIMORE – Sept. 20, 2011) Before he was a lawyer, he was a law-breaker in his efforts to fight segregation, and on Friday, Sept. 23, Maryland’s top jurist, Chief Judge Robert M. Bell will talk to students at his alma mater, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, about being arrested in high school as part of a civil rights protest and the path that led him to the Maryland Court of Appeals.

Judge Bell is taking part in the second annual “Back to School with the History Makers,” a nationwide effort to share the personal stories of African Americans who have had a significant impact or who have been involved with an event, time or organization of importance to African Americans.

In 1960, Judge Bell was a rising senior and student government president at Dunbar when he joined 11 other African-American students who were refused service at a downtown Baltimore restaurant and were arrested and convicted for trespassing. That arrest spawned a landmark civil rights case, Bell v. Maryland, which went through the Maryland court system and eventually was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, bringing an end to de facto racial segregation in Maryland.

During his visit to Dunbar, Judge Bell will talk with students in a history or civics class, and then participate in a panel discussion with two other history-makers, Dr. Leslie King Hammond of the Maryland Institute College of Art, and sculptor James Earl Reid.


WHAT:     2nd Annual Back to School with the History Makers event
Sponsored by The History Makers, a national nonprofit research and educational institution
WHO:        Chief Judge Robert M. Bell, Maryland Court of Appeals
WHEN:        Friday, Sept. 23
Noon-3 p.m.
WHERE:     Paul Laurence Dunbar High School
1400 Orleans St.
Baltimore, Md. 21231

Call Kristina Kyles, principal of Dunbar High School, 443-642-4478, to attend (and to discuss the use of cameras and/or electronic devices)


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