Baltimore Homecoming, the October event that aims to connect Baltimore’s most accomplished natives and alumni from around the U.S. and the world with local community leaders, has announced the 11 nominees for its Homecoming Hero awards. They include an Open Society Institute Community Fellow and two OSI grantees.
One of the nominees, Clayton “Mr. C” Guyton, is a 2000 Community Fellow and founder of the Rose Street Community Center. The Rose Street Center grew out of the Cornerstone of Hope project that Mr. C founded as part of his Fellowship. Mr. C was a central character in “Charm City,” the recent documentary that follows several Baltimoreans after the death of Freddie Gray.
Two other nominees, Ray Kelly, CEO of the No Boundaries Coalition, and Jabari Lyles, Executive Director of GLSEN Maryland, are OSI grantees. Kelly, who is also the leader of the Community Oversight Task Force, and No Boundaries have led OSI-supported efforts to leverage the Consent Decree to create lasting change in local policing. Lyles and GLSEN are members of the OSI-supported Maryland Coalition to Reform School Discipline.
OSI-Baltimore Advisory Board members Joe Jones and Jamie McDonald are members of the Baltimore Homecoming Host Committee.