Lawrence Grandpre is the Director of Research for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle wherein he provides the research needed to facilitate effective political awareness campaigns, organized civil demonstrations, community education events and legislative advocacy efforts for policy reforms that impact Black people in Baltimore. Lawrence was a Maxy award recipient at Whitman College, where he competed on the school’s debate team. Thereafter, he coached college debate national champions as a Research Assistant at Towson University and high school debate national champions as a Debate Coach at his alma mater, Baltimore City College High School.
Lawrence Grandpre serves as the organization’s chief researcher responsible for background research on legislative issues, lawmaker voting trends, and various fundraising records. He regularly writes white papers and blog posts for the organization, support all public policy advocacy design and implementation efforts, facilitate community engagement and coalition work, and respond to media inquiries. He has served as LBS’ liaison to the public health and advocacy group, Equity Matters, and as liaison to the Campaign for Justice Safety and Jobs.
In 2014, Lawrence co-authored his first book “The Black Book: Reflections from the Baltimore Grassroots” with comrade Dayvon Love. He is currently the Creative Director of LBS’ New Timbuktu project, which is a website and cell phone app that aggregates audio-visual resources on radical black scholarship and activism.
Lawrence’s analysis on a variety of issues that impact citizens of Baltimore has been featured in The Baltimore Sun, Time Magazine Online, The Guardian, Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, and The Baltimore City Paper. He has given lectures on the topics of race, power, and activism at universities all over the country, most notably the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, and John Hopkins University. He is currently a member of the Center for American Progress Youth Leadership team and represented the organization at the BYP 100 “Black Lives Matter” lobby day in Washington, D.C.