"Baltimore Revisited" with Lawrence Brown, Marisela Gomez, Jenny Ferretti, and Joshua Davis

Our first panel on this essential new anthology features:

  • Lawrence Brown/"Community Health and Baltimore Apartheid: Revisiting Development, Inequality, and Tax Policy
  • Marisela B. Gomez/"Johns Hopkins University and the History of Developing East Baltimore"
  • Jennifer A. Ferretti/"'Temple of Drama': The Six-Year Protest at Ford’s Theater, 1947-1952"

And will be moderated by Joshua Clark Davis, one of the book's editors.

Nicknamed both “Mobtown” and “Charm City” and located on the border of the North and South, Baltimore is a city of contradictions. From media depictions in The Wire to the real-life trial of police officers for the murder of Freddie Gray, Baltimore has become a quintessential example of a struggling American city. Yet the truth about Baltimore is far more complicated—and more fascinating.
To help untangle these apparent paradoxes, the editors of Baltimore Revisited have assembled a collection of over thirty experts from inside and outside academia. Together, they reveal that Baltimore has been ground zero for a slew of neoliberal policies, a place where inequality has increased as corporate interests have eagerly privatized public goods and services to maximize profits. But they also uncover how community members resist and reveal a long tradition of Baltimoreans who have fought for social justice.
The essays in this collection take readers on a tour through the city’s diverse neighborhoods, from the Lumbee Indian community in East Baltimore to the crusade for environmental justice in South Baltimore. Baltimore Revisited examines the city’s past, reflects upon the city’s present, and envisions the city’s future.

Lawrence T. Brown is the grandson of Mississippi Delta sharecroppers and preachers. He is a native of West Memphis, Arkansas and moved to Baltimore in the fall of 2010. He is a racial equity consultant, a co-founder of the lead poisoning awareness initiative #BmoreLEADfree, and an associate professor at Morgan State University in the School of Community Health and Policy. His research addresses the impact of historical trauma on community health.

Marisela B. Gomez is a community activist, author, public health professional, and physician scientist. She received a BS and MS from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, a PHD, MD, and MPH from the Johns Hopkins University. She spent 17 years as an activist/researcher or participant/observer in East Baltimore during and after training at the Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine and Public Health. Past and current writings address social determinants and health, social capital and urban health, disparities in mental health care in incarcerated populations, disparities in substance use treatment, mental health care in the primary health care setting, community organizing and development, and mindfulness practices in organizing. She spends her time between the city and counties of Baltimore, Maryland.

Jennifer Ferretti – she/her pronouns – is the Digital Initiatives Librarian at the Maryland Institute College of Art on Piscataway Land (Baltimore, Maryland). She is a first-generation American Latina/Mestiza whose librarianship is guided by critical perspectives, not neutrality. With a firm belief that art is information, she is interested in the research methodologies of artists, particularly those highlighting social justice issues. Jennifer is a Library Journal 2018 Mover & Shaker.

Joshua Clark Davis is an assistant professor of history at the University of Baltimore. He is the author of From Head Shops to Whole Foods: The Rise and Fall of Activist Entrepreneurs.

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