Date of Award

Fall 2012

Thesis Type

Rollins Access Only

Degree Name

Master of Liberal Studies


Patricia Lancaster


Baltimore has historically characterized the nature of events, experiences, and sentiments felt in the hearts of our nation’s people. The voice of the scholar is necessary in raising awareness of the history and treatment of the diverse populace of the urban environment. Baltimore epitomizes issues on racial diversity and the many varied groups of immigrants that have a legitimate claim and stake in the city’s history. The life changing events of the 1960s and 1970s, the problems of poverty and fighting for social justice are integral in understanding the current discussions of ethnic, racial, and social compatibility within our culture. The 1968 riots following the assassination of Martin Luther King were a symptom and not the cause of the epidemic of abandonment that spread through Baltimore’s residential neighborhoods. Many of Baltimore’s neighborhoods were casualties of bad urban-renewal and policies that undermined the city they were actually trying to save. Baltimore has struggled to rise above critical stages of decline and deterioration. The events are once again exposed in my thesis, highlighting the cathartic value of the arts. I have known the people, their courage, passion, and responsibilities in maintaining warm relationships and cultural identities. My personal journey tells of the essence of my community in Baltimore. Baltimore, to me, is more than a physical entity or a place on the map composed of industrial buildings, parks, schools, and universities.

Rights Holder

Deborah Danziger