“There was a Coldness that Happened”
In April 1969, the Youth Rally for Decency was meant to fill Memorial Stadium with wholesome young people sending a message of hope. Here’s a profile of someone who was there when it turned into a riot. From Maryland Morning.
One of the lesser-noted aftershocks of the infamous 1968 riots was the “Maryland Youth Rally for Decency” at Memorial Stadium on April 20, 1969. It was anything but decent. In a melee tinged with racial tension, scores were injured — including several police officers — and seven were stabbed. Tyrone Crawley, who grew up in East Baltimore, was there; he was thirteen at the time. He tells us his story.
Tyrone’s story was part of our “Across the Divide” series of personal stories about race. Maryland Morning produced the series in conjunction with Open Society Institute-Baltimore’s yearlong “Talking About Race” series, co-sponsored by the Enoch Pratt Free Library.