Dr. Lawrence Brown, Morgan State University Professor and 2012 OSI Community Fellow, appeared on the season finale of the BET documentary series, “Finding Justice,” hosted by The Wire actor Michael K. Williams. In “A Fight Against Economic and Environmental Apartheid,” Brown talks about the far-reaching consequences of not addressing the lead paint crisis in Baltimore.
“Intentional damage was done to Black neighborhoods,” he says in the documentary, “so, if we’re not interested in repairing these neighborhoods, then there’s no way we can alter the trajectories of the people who live in these redlined communities.”
Dr. Brown, who coined the term “Black Butterfly” to refer to Baltimore’s largely segregated heavily African-American neighborhoods, was a recipient of OSI’s Bold Thinker award in 2018.
Also appearing in the episode is Rashad Robinson, executive director of Color of Change. Robinson was part of OSI’s 20th Anniversary celebration, appearing in conversation with Senator Barbara Mikulski on “Making Sure Every Person Counts: The Census, Advocacy, and Civic Participation.”