Each year, 150,000 Black and Brown children—disproportionally those with disabilities—are handcuffed, restrained, referred to law enforcement, and arrested in our nation’s schools. This 90-minute Juneteenth virtual event will feature community partners reflecting on how Baltimore is affected by these acts of inequality and racism experienced by our children, and what is being done to change that reality. 

This Winter/Spring 2021 From the Heights virtual conversation season began against the backdrop of COVID-19, racial unrest, and actions striving for justice and healing — nothing has been “normal.” The season’s final conversation is hosted by Promise Heights in partnership with Everyman Theatre, and examines the many challenges of this moment, while offering actionable insights that you can use today.

Registration is open now to attend a free virtual webinar conversation, scheduled on Juneteenth—Saturday, June 19, 2021 from 1-2:30 pm. Participants are encouraged to also view Everyman Theatre’s current streaming production of Dominique Morisseau’s renowned play, PipelineClick to register for tickets.


Bronwyn Mayden: Executive Director of Promise Heights and UMB Assistant Dean of Community Engagement. As the Executive Director for Promise Heights, she seeks to improve the health, educational, and developmental outcomes for children and their families in one of the most distressed communities in West Baltimore. Promise Heights involves a unique partnership between the University of Maryland, non-profit agencies, faith-based organizations, government, and communities in West Baltimore, all with a deep commitment to finding solutions to meet the needs of vulnerable families. Under her leadership, Promise Heights has been named a Federal Promise Neighborhood and is the recipient of a Community Based Crime Reduction grant through the Department of Justice.


Jemira Queen: A new 2021 graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and youth advocate in her community. Jemira is a strong leader, a Heartbeat representative for HeartSmiles MD, and was featured by the Healing Youth Alliance in December of 2020.

Jefferson A. Russell, stars as Xavier in this production and is perhaps best known for his roles in Homicide (1993). Education includes: Hampton University, BA in Sociology/Criminal Justice; and George Washington University, MFA in the Academy of Classical Acting. He is a former Baltimore police officer and a founding member of GALVANIZE, a network for artists of color.

Tammatha Woodhouse, Principal of Renaissance Academy High and former Principal of Excel Academy, Middle & High School. For the past three years, she has led Renaissance Academy High School, where she is determined to rebirth a school that has struggled prior to her arrival. Through maintaining and establishing partnerships with the University of Maryland, Baltimore, Promise Heights, and the Council Arts and Cultural, they facilitated and sponsored a mural painting by the students and First Lady Yumi Hogan. She is featured in TIME Magazine Guns In America for leading her school during a traumatic time. Featured in the Baltimore Sun, The Trace, and other media outlets, she was determined to make school a safe and nurturing environment for her students. In addition, the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education (MBRT) recognized her for working vigorously to establish strategic partnerships and opportunities for her students and staff. A 2017 Heart of the School Award winner for exemplary innovation, execution, leadership, and building strong school cultures.

Moderated by Dr. Kaye Wise Whitehead, author, educator, and host of WEAA/88.9FM’s “Today with Dr. Kaye.”

The play and the conversation will both be virtual. After completing registration for the June 19 program, you will be automatically redirected to Everyman Theatre’s website.

*Note to UMB employees, students, and SSW alumni: when purchasing Pipeline tickets, please remember to enter our code PROMISEHEIGHTS21 to receive a discounted price.

Social Workers: You are eligible to receive a Certificate of Attendance for the discussion yet must be present for the full event. This certificate can be submitted to your respective boards for approval.

If you’re unable to attend the live conversation, you can listen to a recording of the free Juneteenth conversation here after June 20You can also hear the WYPR-88.1FM/On the Record conversation about the event with Sheilah Kast that aired on Wednesday, June 16.

Finally, Everyman Theatre will continue to stream Dominique Morisseau’s renowned play, Pipeline, until July 11. (See below to register for tickets, with generous discounts for the UMB community*.)

Click here to register for this free June 19 program & to purchase
Everyman Theatre tickets to Pipeline

To learn more about the From the Heights series of virtual events, click here.

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Funding for the “From the Heights” series was provided by The Annie E. Casey Foundation and Kaiser Permanente

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