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Baltimore Series to Explore Roots and Realities of Discrimination

March 23, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Jill Rosen
Office: 443-997-9906
Cell: 443-547-8805
jrosen@jhu.edu

A year after the unrest in Baltimore sparked by the arrest and tragic death of Freddie Gray, Johns Hopkins University is launching an art and conversation series to reflect on deep-rooted discrimination in the city and what the community can do about it.

The series of four events, called Redlining Baltimore, will bring together academics, activists, civic leaders, residents, and local artists and musicians to engage in conversations about what the legacies of discrimination and segregation mean to the future of opportunity and inclusion in the city.

“What happened last April has deep roots going back decades through government sanctioned policies like redlining,” said Ben Seigel, executive director of the university’s 21st Century Cities Initiative, which is sponsoring the event. “The goal of the Redlining series is to bring together parts of Baltimore that might not ordinarily interact and to have a conversation about this uncomfortable legacy of our city’s history and how we can work together as individuals and institutions to overcome it once and for all.”

Actress and activist Sonja Sohn will host each session.

All events start at 6 p.m., and are free and open to the public. Register for each session here.

April 6. Legacy: Living and Coming of Age Inside the Redline. At the Motor House, 120 W. North Ave. Speakers include Antero Pietila, author of Not in My Neighborhood: How Bigotry Shaped a Great American City; Johns Hopkins sociologist Stefanie DeLuca; Kenny Liner, founder of Believe in Music; Chris Wilson, founder of companies that hire ex-offenders; Joe Jones, founder of the Center For Urban Families; and Makayla Gilliam-Price, a Baltimore high school student and City Bloc organizer.

April 13. Experience: Public Health and the Redline. At the Reginald Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St. Speakers include Debra Furr-Holden, deputy director of the Johns Hopkins Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence; Lawrence Brown, Morgan State University assistant professor in the School of Community Health & Policy; founder of the urban art nonprofit, Section 1 Inc., Richard Best; and Chief Policy and Engagement Officer for the Baltimore City Health Department Sonia Sarkar.

April 20. Opportunity: Inclusive Development and Wealth Creation Inside the Redline. At The Jewish Museum, 15 Lloyd St. Speakers include Rodney Foxworth, the founder of Invested Impact, a nonprofit that helps underrepresented entrepreneurs; Johns Hopkins Carey Business School professor Lindsay Thompson; Diane Bell-McKoy, president and chief executive officer of Associated Black Charities, and Elisabeth Sachs, executive director of the Job Opportunities Task Force.

May 4. Transform: The Future of Justice and Knowledge of the Redline. At Parks and People Foundation, 2100 Liberty Heights Ave. Speakers include Johns Hopkins political scientist Lester Spence; radio show host Marc Steiner; and Michael Cryor, chairman of OneBaltimore.

A number of performers have been commissioned to create music for the series. Artists who will perform original works at the events include Believe in Music, Jarrett Gilgore, Eze Jackson, Gary Thomas and Dontae Winslow.

Artwork will be on display at each event made by street artists and muralists Gaia, Nether and Earnest Shaw.

“We want to get people talking about what policies of exclusion have looked like, how they persist today, and what we can do about them to transform the future,” said Elizabeth Talbert, associate director of 21st Century Cities.

For more information or to talk to the organizers, contact Jill Rosen, jrosen@jhu.edu.

 

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