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Four events related to Freddie Gray and racial justice this week

Four events related to Freddie Gray and racial justice this week
(Theresa Chromati)

Devin Allen + Kwame Rose: One Year Later

April 20

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Last week, Marilyn Mosby spoke at Impact Hub and toward the end, during a very, very brief Q&A session, Kelly Holsey, the fiance of Keith Davis Jr. (a man shot by police last year whose case has been taken up by activists), stood up and challenged Mosby on a number of issues surrounding police misconduct and how Davis and others are prosecuted. It got heated and Mosby just left, which is generally her response to these sorts of things. But it was interesting to watch how the Impact Hub staff handled it, and they handled it well. They let Holsey speak and gave a room in their building up for her and other activists to convene. In short, there was a lot of effort put into being mindful of Holsey's concerns. A lot of other places probably would've freaked and ended the event or escorted activists out. So, kudos to Impact Hub who've been facilitating protest-oriented events for handling it well when the protest part—and not just the talking about protest part—entered their space. This week, Impact Hub welcomes activist/musician Kwame Rose and photographer Devin Allen to discuss the uprising one year later. The event not only changed the city, but both of their lives in monumental ways, after Rose was thrust into the spotlight following a televised shutdown of Geraldo Rivera and one of Allen's gorgeous black and white photos of Baltimore during the unrest found its way onto the cover of Time. Since then, both have navigated a certain level of fame while maintaining a connection to grassroots activism in the city. 6 p.m., Impact Hub, 10 E. North Ave., (443) 821-7482, baltimore.impacthub.net, free. (Brandon Soderberg)

Good News Baltimore Live: What Is Progress? Reflections One Year Later

April 21

The passage of any anniversary calls for a moment of reflection. The death of Freddie Gray at the hands of the Baltimore Police Department prompted calls for change, much of it long overdue. And in the year since his death, there's been plenty of dialogue about the ways Baltimore should address inequality and policing. Still, there's a long way to go before actual progress comes about. The current campaign for mayor shows that many of the city's greatest problems still have to be reckoned with. So now, coming up on the one-year anniversary of the unrest, this panel will reflect "on what has emerged since the uprising and what is in store for the city." The talk, the third and final installment on the impact of Gray's death presented by online news series Good News Baltimore, will include photographer Devin Allen, Center for Urban Families founder Joseph Jones, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture curator Aaron Bryant, Muse 360 Arts founder Sharayna Christmas Rose, and AIA Maryland president Kathleen Sherrill. Their insights should prove to be valuable. 6-9 p.m., The Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., gnblive.splashthat.com, free. (Brandon Weigel)

Upresting

April 23

The Upresting events—which take place across four different days (the first part was last Saturday)—combine performances, sound installation, activism, and community involvement. It is, in the words of its organizer Adam Holofcenter, "a weird thing that is a lot at the same time" and features Wendell Patrick, DDm, Joy Postell, Greyolf, Devrock, and Holocener himself. The next date on April 23 is the second in two workshop events hosted by Kwame Rose, who will talk about activism and its intersection with the arts, and lead the group in a few protest-oriented chants. Then there's the installation, a series of large speakers with a microphone in the middle which remixes, delays, and multiplies to turn one voice into many—like a protest. Along with that, Holofcenter will mix audio from the uprising in there as well. The goal is for members of the community to jump on the mic and become a one-person protest. "With all of this stuff going on," Holocenter says, "it should be a pretty fun, cathartic, challenging, healing, and bewildering afternoon." The April 30 and May 1 dates feature performances by the musicians involved. 1-4 p.m. April 23, 30 and May 1, 1401 N. Fremont Ave., upresting.com, free. (Brandon Soderberg)

All Baltimore Voices: Stories About & Beyond the Unrest

April 23

In the next installment of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum's Baltimore Uprising anniversary programming, Dr. Karsonya Whitehead, author and Associate Professor of Communication at Loyola University, will focus on the importance of words and rhetoric by collecting oral stories from before, during, and after the unrest that capture the diverse essence of Baltimore as told by the community. The morning will start with open storytelling circles followed by a panel discussion, presentations, and a spoken word performance by local poet Kondwani Fidel. The oral stories Dr. Whitehead collects from the program will be documented by students at Frederick Douglass High School, and with the help of Fidel, the students will use their personal experiences to create spoken word pieces of their own. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St., (443) 263-1800, lewismuseum.org, free. (Deneia Washington)

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