The Black Lives Matter movement garnered international attention in the wake of stories about police brutality. Locally, it’s been a year since protests and riots raged in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray, who died from injuries sustained in police custody. The police in that case are set to come to trial soon and many are wondering whether lasting change will come as a result of this and similar cases. We get some historic context for the movement and talk to some of the many people who are invested in effecting lasting change.


  • Jonathan Smith Associate Dean of Experiential and Clinical Programs & Associate Professor of Law, University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law
  • D. Watkins Author, "The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir" and "The Beast Side: Living (and Dying) While Black in America;" Professor, University of Baltimore; writer, educator and speaker
  • Angela Angel Member, Maryland House of Delegates; attorney; activist

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