The standard picture of a debate team looks something like this: white students in jackets and rep ties from schools like Dartmouth and Princeton. But that’s changing, especially in Baltimore, which has developed a reputation for producing some of the most accomplished high school and college debaters in the country.
Roberto Alejandro, WEAA’s Interim News Director, sits in for Anthony McCarthy. Alejandro speaks with Lawrence Grandpre, Director of Research for Leaders Of A Beautiful Struggle, about Wednesday’s GOP debate. Then, Alejandro talks with D. Watkins about his new book The Beast Side: Living (and Dying) While Black in America.
Dayvon Love and Lawrence Grandpre are African-American grassroots community activists who, along with Adam Jackson, lead an organization called Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle. They are fixtures in Annapolis, advocating to the General Assembly on issues like police accountability and drug policy. They have written a provocative book, a collection of essays that call out the liberal white academic community and what they refer to as the “Nonprofit Industrial Complex” for advancing institutional racism. It’s called “The Black Book: Reflections from the Baltimore Grassroots”. Dayvon Love and Lawrence Grandpre join Tom Hall in the studio.
Our panel of guests offers commentary on Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s State of the State Address, delivered today.
AUDIO: Baltimore News Roundup – Plastic Bags Banned, Council Passes Body Cameras, State of Baltimore City Schools
We host a Baltimore News Roundtable discussion, on topics to include: the plastic bag ban, body cameras, and school closings.
We discuss a controversial speech by Robert Jennings, the president of Lincoln University. Speaking to students, he said women should not report rape in order to keep Black men out of prison.
We caught up with authors and activists Dayvon Love and Lawrence Grandpre about their new book, The Black Book: Reflections from the Baltimore Grassroots. We also gave our reviews of
A group of bright young Baltimoreans answer the question: What Would You Do If You Were Mayor Of Baltimore?