Time has really flown by.
2019 was an amazing year of growth for LBS. I’m most proud of our support in creating the Pennsylvania Avenue Black Arts and Entertainment District. Lady Brion has worked tirelessly over the past two years in helping manifest a vision for West Baltimore and its residents. The designation of the district makes it the first arts and entertainment district in the State of Maryland aimed at enhancing and investing in the cultural contributions of Black people.
During the 2019 MD General Assembly, we vigorously fought the creation of the Johns Hopkins University private police force. Although we were unsuccessful, we are still fighting for police accountability in 2020. We also released our position paper on recreational marijuana legalization in hopes of ensuring that Black people will benefit from the business opportunities in the marijuana industry.
During the Summer of 2019, we officially launched our New Timbuktu Summer Education Institute – an intensive 8 week seminar on racial justice. The participants ranged from community advocates to corporate professionals to non-profit practitioners. This year, we’re looking to enhance these seminars by adding more participants and expanding our course offerings.
In the Fall, we released our comprehensive “When Baltimore Awakes: An Analysis of the Human & Social Service Sector in Baltimore City”. To date, it is our most comprehensive analysis of the non-profit sector in Baltimore City and how it perpetuates white supremacy. Our goal is to take back the thought leadership in the sector so that we can empower our community to transform the conditions of our people.
Our Malcolm X Talks continued to draw record numbers throughout the year. We’re all tremendously proud of the dozens of new collaborations and continued partnerships with local leaders and institutions.
2020 promises to be an even more exciting year as we celebrate our 10 year anniversary in August! We’ll keep you posted on all of the exciting events we have coming up this year.
Thank you for your continued love and support!
Adam J. Jackson
Chief Exective Officer
Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle