'The Wire' actress Sonja Sohn to host discussion series on inequality in Baltimore

Sonja Sohn at the Maryland Health Initiative, talking about a reunion of cast members of "The Wire" for an event at Artscape.

A new art and conversation series hosted by Johns Hopkins University will explore the root causes of discrimination, segregation and unrest in Baltimore.

Titled "Redlining Baltimore," four events will bring together activists, residents, academics, musicians, artists and civic leaders in conversations surrounding inequality and opportunity in Baltimore, according to a news release.


"The name of the series refers to the historical practice of denying services — health care, mortgage loans, access to supermarkets — to residents in certain areas based on the racial or ethnic makeup of those areas," according to the release.

"Redlining Baltimore," running April 6 through May 4 and sponsored by the university's 21st Century Cities Initiative, will take place around the one-year anniversary of the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody. The series will trace the roots of the unrest that followed Gray's death, and its connection to government-sanctioned policies like redlining, according to the release.


Sonja Sohn, a local activist and actress best known for playing Det. Shakima "Kima" Greggs on "The Wire," will host the series.

The four events include "Legacy: Living and Coming of Age Inside the Redline"; "Experience: Public Health and the Redline"; "Opportunity: Inclusive Development and Wealth Creation Inside the Redline"; and "Transform: The Future of Justice and Knowledge of the Redline."

The events also will feature artwork by Gaia, Nether and Ernest Shaw.

Each conversation is free to the public; advanced registration is recommended. They take place at 6 p.m. at different locations.

Register here.