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For Immediate Release

Angelita Plemmer
Terri Bolling
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Media Advisory
Chief Judge Robert M. Bell Goes Back to High School as a “History-Maker”

(ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Sept. 25, 2012) On Friday, Sept. 28, Maryland’s top jurist, Chief Judge Robert M. Bell, will talk to students at Annapolis High School about his personal and professional path to the top of the state’s judicial branch as chief judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals. Part of his story Judge Bell will share with students: He was arrested while still in high school as part of a civil rights protest.

Judge Bell is taking part in the third 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 High School in Baltimore 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 Annapolis High School, Judge Bell will talk with students during a school assembly, and then visit classrooms.

WHAT: Chief Judge Robert M. Bell takes part in the 3rd 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. 28
8-10 a.m. (8 a.m. school assembly, followed by classroom visits and school tour)
WHERE: Annapolis High School
2700 Riva Rd.
Annapolis, Md. 21401
CONTACT: Call Don Lilley, principal, or Eugene Whiting, assistant principal, Annapolis High School, 410-266-5240, to attend (and to discuss the use of cameras and/or electronic devices)

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