CAMBRIDGE — Members of the City Council voted unanimously on Feb. 23 to establish permanently the last week of February as “Cambridge Movement Remembrance Week.”
It’s only a beginning in a process honoring pioneers in the struggle for racial equality. Mayor Andrew Bradshaw said in the years to come, additional observances will be enacted to recall the work done in the city, especially during the turbulent times of 1961-64.
Among the groups and individuals concerned, the mayor said, are the Cambridge Non-Violent Action Committee and Gloria Richardson, a local leader who achieved national prominence.
Another daughter of Cambridge, U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman, was commended on Monday, in a virtual ceremony. Chief Pittman was elevated to leadership of the force following the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6, which led to the resignation of the former chief. She is the first woman and African American to occupy the post.
She said though the council was honoring her with its commendation, “I hope to honor you as I conduct my mission,” she said.
Contributions of the late Janelle Henry Buck will also be memorialized, if a request from the city is approved. “We will be sending a letter of support” to the Maryland State Highway Administration, Mayor Bradshaw said, for the placement of a sign dedicating a block between Race and Pine streets in honor of Ms. Buck.
As one of the owners and operators of the Henry Funeral Home at 510 Washington St., Ms. Buck assisted many local residents, particularly African-Americans during difficult personal times. This project, Mayor Bradshaw said, was initiated by Commissioner Sputty Cephas, who represents Ward 4.
She was, Mayor Bradshaw said, “Just the kind of person you would hope to have in a community.”