Political Advocacy for
Black Independence

Founded in 2010, LBS is a grassroots think-tank located in Baltimore, Maryland. We are a group of Baltimore residents dedicated to creating transformative public policy. Our vision is to drastically improve the conditions of Black people in the Baltimore-Metropolitan Region.

Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle (LBS) is a grassroots think-tank which advances the public policy interest of Black people, in Baltimore, through: youth leadership development, political advocacy, and autonomous intellectual innovation.


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2022 Legislative Session


Baltimore Children and Youth Fund

Demonstrating the power of community centered grant-making.

New Timbuktu Learning Community

Educating professionals using African-Centered professional development tools.   

Arts District

Revitalizing West Baltimore through culture, arts, and entertainment.



Baltimore Political Commentary

Political Analysis

Opinion: The Maryland Democratic Party in 2022

Black people in Maryland, as is the case around the U.S., are a captured electorate of the Democratic Party. The core of the party, which is dominated by an overwhelmingly white donor class (made up of white corporate and political elites and a multiracial gatekeeper class), has benefited more from Black people’s consistent patronage than Black people have benefited from Democratic Party representation.

Op-ed: The case against Katie O’Malley

Voting against Judge O’Malley for AG is not about a rejection of her as an individual, but of the political machine that she represents that has a history of reproducing oppressive systems.

Baltimore City Democrats Resist Community Oversight of Law Enforcement

Community oversight of law enforcement is a demand that emanated from the Black Freedom Movement of the 1960s. It is a demand that recognizes that the most effective way to deter the dehumanization of Black people is to have the ability to levy consequences against those who do harm to our community.


In Search of Black Power

In Search of Black Power challenges conventional narratives around Black policy, Black movements, and Black Life. Blending art, storytelling, and policy analysis, and dialogue.

New Episodes every Wednesday @ Noon

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The political impacts of marginalizing Black/Pan-Afrikan Nationalism

We analyze the limitations of current progressive Black political formations through the lens of not learning the lessons of Black nationalism and Pan-Afrikan nationalism. Finally, we use examples of work we do at LBS as examples of how the insights of Black/Pan-African Nationalism can address the material needs of Afrikan people.

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From the Streets to the Statehouse

During the Maryland General Assembly, we offer insight an analysis on the issues impacting the Black community in Baltimore. Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle (LBS) is a grassroots thinktank in Baltimore, MD that advocates for the political interests of the Black community. We cut through the noise and give you the information that matters the most.

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From the Streets to the Statehouse – Ep 11 (3.28.2022) – Maryland’s Cowardly Democratic Party

In this episode, we’ll be giving updates on our current legislative priorities including – cannabis legalization, Baltimore’s Civilian Review Board, public safety, crime and policing. Also – we’ll be discussing the Maryland Democratic Party leadership’s lack of regard for working class Black people. Dayvon Love will be leading the conversation and be joined by Lawrence Grandpre – Director of Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle.

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