“Wire” Actress to Host JHU’s New Conversation Series About Discrimination

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We can add another to the list of great speaker series hosted by Johns Hopkins. This new “art and conversation series” at the university was inspired by the death of Freddie Gray in police custody, and the subsequent rioting and unrest in the city. Consequently, the Redlining series (named after the practice of denying mortgages and other services to certain neighborhoods based on their racial demographics) will focus on “what the legacies of discrimination and segregation mean to the future of opportunity and inclusion in the city.” 

The series will be hosted by Sonja Sohn, who you might remember from her five years of playing Detective Kima Greggs on The Wire. According to the Hopkins Hub, he four events in the series include:

  • Legacy: Living and Coming of Age Inside the Redline, April 6 at the Motor House, 120 W. North Ave. Featuring Antero Pietila, author of Not in My Neighborhood: How Bigotry Shaped a Great American City; Johns Hopkins sociologist Stefanie DeLuca; Kenny Liner, founder of Believe in Music; Chris Wilson, founder of companies that hire ex-offenders; Joe Jones, founder of the Center For Urban Families; and Makayla Gilliam-Price, a Baltimore high school student and City Bloc organizer.
  • Experience: Public Health and the Redline, April 13 at the Reginald Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St. Featuring Debra Furr-Holden, deputy director of the Johns HopkinsCenter for the Prevention of Youth Violence; Lawrence Brown, Morgan State University assistant professor in the School of Community Health & Policy; Richard Best, founder of the urban art nonprofit Section 1 Inc.; and Sonia Sarkar, chief policy and engagement officer for the Baltimore City Health Department .
  • Opportunity: Inclusive Development and Wealth Creation Inside the Redline, April 20 at The Jewish Museum, 15 Lloyd St. Featuring Rodney Foxworth, the founder of Invested Impact, a nonprofit that helps underrepresented entrepreneurs; Johns Hopkins Carey Business School professor Lindsay Thompson; Diane Bell-McKoy, president and chief executive officer of Associated Black Charities; and Elisabeth Sachs, executive director of the Job Opportunities Task Force.
  • Transform: The Future of Justice and Knowledge of the Redline, May 4 at Parks and People Foundation, 2100 Liberty Heights Ave. Featuring Johns Hopkins political scientist Lester Spence; radio show host Marc Steiner; and Michael Cryor, chairman of OneBaltimore.

The events will also include performances of original musical compositions and displays of original art by local artists. Register here for the (free) events.

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