EVENT ONE: Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Bold Thinking on Racial Justice in America: A Conversation With Vanita Gupta and Taylor Branch
Open Society Institute-Baltimore held the first of three events in its 20th Anniversary Speaker Series on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. The keynote conversation, “Bold Thinking on Racial Justice in America,” featured Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, talking to Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and OSI Advisory Board member Taylor Branch.
Honored that night:
- Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore City Health Commissioner
- Dr. Lawrence Brown, Morgan State University Professor and 2012 OSI Community Fellow
The audience also enjoyed stirring performances by:
- Poet and 2015 OSI Community Fellow Lady Brion
- Baltimore Dance Crews Project, founded by 2015 OSI Community Fellow Brian Gerardo
Young people from Wide Angle Youth Media, founded by 2001 Open Society Institute Community Fellow Gin Ferrara and a current OSI grantee, recorded the event. Watch the full video here:
Photos of the event by C. Ware Photo:
(Come back soon for details on our next 20th Anniversary Speaker Series event.)
Open Society Institute at 20
Still Serious. Still Optimistic. Still Not Satisfied.
For 20 years, Open Society Institute-Baltimore has worked to make Baltimore stronger and more equitable, focusing on some of our city’s toughest issues. We work to reduce the over reliance on incarceration, to increase access to addiction treatment, to keep young people engaged in school, and to support a corps of social entrepreneurs revitalizing Baltimore’s neighborhoods.
We are proud of our accomplishments and optimistic about Baltimore’s future—but we know that much remains to be done.