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MAD Collection Overview

Collection Title: Movement Against Destruction (MAD)

Inclusive Dates: 1968-1988

Size: 16 linear feet

Scope and Contents:  
Publications, minutes, correspondence, legal briefs, newspaper clippings, press releases, newsletters, brochures and reports.

Historical Note:  
The Movement Against Destruction (MAD) was founded in August of 1968 as a coalition of 25 neighborhood and community groups. The goal of the organization was to prevent further construction of expressways into the city of Baltimore. In place of the new highways, MAD proposed that highway funds be used to restore damaged neighborhoods. Additionally, the group demanded that impacted neighborhoods be given representation in transportation planning. MAD was led by community leaders, including George and Carolyn Tyson, Barbara Mikulski, Walter Orlinsky, Norman Reeves, and Parren Mitchell. The group's greatest period of activity was the early 1970's. 

Custodial History:  
The collection was donated to the University of Baltimore by George and Carolyn Tyson on March 6, 1996.