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Scores of marching bands, dance squads, fraternities, sororities, and civic organizations are gearing up for Baltimore’s most-anticipated parade--honoring the legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. We visit some participants as they prepare for the big day Monday … and ask, what does taking part in the MLK Day parade mean for them?We hear from the Dunbar High School Marching band and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity … and longtime parade devotee Hassan Giordano, who tells us why he shows up each year, no matter how cold:
Here's a Stoop story by Doray Sitko about what it means to rise to the challenge of service.
Sometimes tragedy gives birth to social change. Six years ago Ethan Saylor, a young man with Down Syndrome, died in an encounter with law-enforcement. Could adequate training have changed that outcome?Ethan’s mother Patti Saylor thinks so. She tells us about officer training designed to help contacts with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, or I-D-Ds. And we meet Lisa Schoenbrodt, a Loyola professor coaching people with I-D-Ds to perform reality scenarios for the trainings and Patrick Chaney, an actor with autism.
Even in winter, committed bicyclists can be found traversing Baltimore’s streets. How is the city making way for bikes, and improving safety for all?Liz Cornish, head of the advocacy group BikeMore, describes the city’s new Complete Streets ordinance, offers an update on the nearly finished Downtown Bike Network, and analyzes the success of dockless scooter and bicycle programs.Then, LaKeisha Henderson of Bike and Brunch Tours describes the historical treasures to be enjoyed while exploring Baltimore neighborhoods on two wheels.
One of the most powerful forms of healing is peer support -- receiving advice and encouragement from someone who truly understands what you’ve been through because they’ve been through it, too. Our guests today live by that philosophy. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Society, or LEGS, says it provides "resources and emotional peer support for gentlemen who are diversely abled."We hear from co-founder Calvin Mitchell and members Bong Delrosario, and Derrick Waters.
Sea levels along the Eastern Shore are rising twice as rapidly as the global average. A new documentary highlights Smithville, a small community founded by freed slaves whose historic church and cemetery are threatened by the encroaching marsh. Watch "Smithville" here.Rona Kobell of Maryland Sea Grant, describes the causes and consequences of rising waters, and the struggle to take action. And filmmakers Wyman Jones Jr. and Jalysa Mayo share their perspectives on environmental justice.
Here’s a Stoop Story from Christine Sajecki about giving her all, for her art!
Even before his first solo exhibit in Harlem in 1940, artist Romare Bearden's focus was social change. He was a social worker for decades, as he enhanced his skills as a political cartoonist, painter and creator of collages. Bearden's art is on exhibit now at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. His niece Deidra Harris-Kelley, co director of the RoMARE Bearden Foundation, will speak about him on Saturday. She told us about her lecture titled: Artist as Activist.
Possessing small amounts of cannabis was decriminalized in Maryland four years ago. But more than 10 grams is still a misdemeanor -- and recent data show that in Baltimore, nearly all those arrested are black. Journalist Brandon Soderberg, who crunched the numbers, noted the data comes as Baltimore faces serious challenges in criminal justice. Then, former state police Major Neill Franklin, of the Law Enforcement Action Partnership, tells us why he’s now dedicated to reforming drug policies.
The 439th session of Maryland’s General Assembly begins today at noon. How will the large influx of new legislators change the dynamic? Will bills that were blocked before now become law? WYPR statehouse reporter Rachel Baye and Maryland Matters politics reporter Danielle Gaines tee up the issues, from education funding and sports betting … to police training and immigrant’s rights...Plus, lawmakers are once again expected to debate whether to increase the minimum wage. Baye says they may consider phasing in an increase, or an increase that varies in different parts of the state.