June 22, 2017
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BALTIMORE LEADERS AND ACTIVISTS TO REFLECT ON THE DEATH OF FREDDIE GRAY
AS PROGRESSIVE PROTESTANT DENOMINATION GATHERS IN CITY
--A panel of leading Baltimore officials and activists will share their perspectives on racism and poverty in the city and how the death of Freddie Gray served as a tipping point for the rest of the country in a program scheduled for the eve of the biennial national gathering of the United Church of Christ.
The program, “Baltimore: Before and After Freddie Gray, will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 29, at the Holiday Inn-Baltimore Inner Harbor, 301 W. Lombard Street, Baltimore, MD. The program is free and open to the public.
Panelists will include:
- Baltimore City Councilman Ryan Dorsey (District 3);
- Elder Cortly C.D. Witherspoon, Pastor, City Revival Ministries, Peoples Power Assembly;
- Betty Robinson, Community Organizer, Showing Up for Racial Justice;
- Charly Carter, Director, Maryland Working Families; and
- Rev. Brian Murray, Pastor, New Covenant Community United Church of Christ, and Co-Chair, BRIDGE Maryland.
Diane Bell McKoy, CEO and President of Associated Black Charities, will moderate the panel.
Participants will discuss the history of institutional racism in Baltimore and the extent to which such racism persists today; public safety and policing policies and how they impact communities of color; and how Baltimore has and can serve as a case study for understanding the causes of urban unrest in other parts of the country.
The program will also include the viewing of a short documentary, produced by New Lens, which will provide a virtual tour of the economic disparity in Baltimore with a specific focus on the housing crisis.
It is sponsored by the United Church of Christ’s Central Atlantic Conference, the denomination’s regional organization, as it prepares to host 4,000 people for the UCC’s 31st
biennial General Synod in Baltimore.
Baltimore: Before & After Freddie Gray