BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland’s top judge is returning to his alma mater in Baltimore to tell students about his arrest in high school as part of a civil rights protest and his path to the Court of Appeals.

Chief Judge Robert M. Bell will speak to students at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School on Friday as part of “Back to School with the History Makers.” The nationwide effort aims to share personal stories of people involved in events of importance to African-Americans.

Bell was one of 12 African-American students refused service and arrested at a Baltimore restaurant in 1960 and convicted of trespassing. The case sparked the civil rights case, Bell v. Maryland, which was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court and brought an end to de facto racial segregation in Maryland.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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