The protests continue in Baltimore City as a result of the decision by a grand jury in Ferguson not to indict an officer who shot and killed an 18-year-old. The protests have left the streets and are now in the classrooms. Wednesday, schools in Baltimore City held assemblies to allow their students to raise their concerns over police brutality and injustice.
It was the site of a historic student sit-in. Now, decades later, the fight over what to do with the Read’s Drug Store building rages on between the city and a civil rights icon.
Robert M. Bell was 16 years old when he recruited classmates to join a sit-in at a downtown Baltimore restaurant. The sit-in was Bell’s first, and he remembers being a little nervous.
Baltimore’s preservation commission has voted to add the former Read’s drugstore to a list of city landmarks.
It was the first successful student sit-in to end segregation and it happened at a drug store right here in Baltimore.