800 N. Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201
When: Summer 1963
What: The Buddy Deane Show was a teen rock-and-roll dance television show that aired on WJZ-TV in Baltimore, Maryland from 1957 until 1964. The Deane program was a segregated show: white and Black teenagers danced on separate broadcasts. But an intrepid group of local and national civil right activists staged a “dance in” where they crashed one of the “white only days” and integrated the show. Deane and the station were purported to support integration, but cancelled the show rather than risk inflaming white supremacists and segregationists in the local area. The incident was fictionalized for the movie and play, “Hairspray.”
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