Faith leaders and volunteers are working to change that mentality and curb the violence that killed nine children this year by creating opportunities for them as the summer begins. The Empowerment Temple is converting a $1.1 million building in Bolton Hill to a children's center named after Freddie Gray that will offer free meals and camps. People are volunteering by the hundreds to mentor youths in Sandtown-Winchester, where Gray was arrested. Others are collecting money, food and school
Baltimore fire dispatcher Arthur "Squeaky" Kirk wanted to see West Baltimore's Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center revitalized — so he put $30,000 of his own money into the project. Then he reached out to Gov. Larry Hogan's office to see if businesses could help, too. Soon, the center had a new community garden, 20 computers, 15 iPads, a ping pong table, furniture and a renovated basketball court and playground, largely from private contributions.
Graca Machel, the widow of former South African President Nelson Mandela, will address graduates at Morgan State University's commencement on Saturday. She is an advocate for women and children and also is the widow of a former president of Mozambique.
Broderick Johnson, who has become something of an ambassador to West Baltimore on behalf of President Barack Obama in recent weeks, brings not only a background in addressing inner-city poverty and crime but also a personal history with the city that has become the latest focus of those efforts.
Those in the insurance industry said it was likely that two financial blows – property damage and lost income – as a result of rioting in Baltimore after the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray would be covered by most insurance policies.
This isn't the first time rioting has rocked Baltimore. In early April 1968, the city exploded in a rampage of rock-throwing, arson and looting following the slaying of civil rights leader Martin Luther King.
Dr. Levi Watkins, the first black chief resident of cardiac surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, was known as much for fighting the injustice faced by African Americans as his groundbreaking medical work.
While Episcopal Community Services of Maryland has a successful track record of working with Baltimore's formerly incarcerated population, we need to constantly look for ways to do even more. Every year, roughly 10,000 people leave prison and return to Baltimore City; 4,000 of them — 40 percent — will return to prison within three years. This must change.
When eighth-graders at Monarch Academy crack open their textbooks to read about Thurgood Marshall and Lillie Mae Carroll Jackson, they'll do so knowing they've sat in the same church pews and walked along the same streets as the civil rights legends.
Sherman Howell, who moved from Washington to Columbia in 1971 for its promise of racial inclusiveness, will share some of his recollections as an eyewitness to history at a local screening of the Academy Award-nominated film "Selma."
Black History Month seems an appropriate time to reflect on all Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. did to influence great change in this country, ultimately giving his life fighting for people to have a better future on this earth, which God created for all. But if Dr. King could see how some people he lost his life for are behaving, he would not be happy. They appear to place no value or importance on his struggles and victimization.
Many people had not heard of the Friendship 9, a group that staged a sit-in at a segregated lunch counter at the local McCrory's in 1961, but that changed last month when Judge John C. Hayes III, the nephew of the judge who originally sentenced the Friendship 9, overturned the charges against them, calling their sentencing "repugnant" and "flawed."
It is perverse that Mr. Obama feels compelled to lecture the West about not getting too judgmental on our "high horse" about radical Islam's medieval barbarism in 2015 because of Christianity's medieval barbarism in 1215.I see no problem judging the behavior of the Islamic State and its apologists from the vantage point of the West's high horse, because we've earned the right to sit in that saddle.
Every February, college professors like myself are tasked to remind students and the general public of the significance of Black History Month. Undoubtedly, many people understand the potential value behind it, yet I sense a growing apathy among students. If I did not know better, I might be tempted to believe that Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. solved all the nation's problems. I might also believe that current events associated with race are mere coincidence or figments of my imagination.