OSI-Baltimore’s Talking About Race series, co-sponsored by the Enoch Pratt Free Library, addresses race from different perspectives, and exploring why it is important to discuss the topic openly and intelligently.

Phillip Atiba Goff

Melvin Russell

Racial Differences in Arrests: Are Community-Police Partnerships a Solution?

June 17, 2013

Dr. Phillip Goff, Executive Director of Research for the Consortium for Police Leadership in Equity, and Lieutenant Colonel Melvin Russell, Chief of Baltimore Police Department’s Community Partnerships Division, address some provocative issues: What are the underlying causes of racial differences in arrests? What role does implicit bias play? Can communities and police work together in a meaningful way? Joe Jones, Executive Director of the Center for Urban Families and OSI-Baltimore board member, serves as moderator.

Ivory Toldson

Raymond Winbush

Breaking the Barriers: Helping Black Males Achieve Academic Success

October 20, 2011

Ivory Toldson, associate professor at Howard University, and Raymond Winbush, director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University, talk about what educators, parents and families can do to ensure that African American boy succeed. Shawn Dove, campaign manager for the Open Society Campaign for Black Male Achievement, serves as moderator.

Michelle Gourdine

Thomas LaVeist

Do White Americans Get Better Health Care than People of Color?

September 15, 2011

Michelle Gourdine, physician and author of Reclaiming Our Health: A Guide to African American Wellness, and Thomas LaVeist, director of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Disparities Solutions, will discuss the inequities that exist in our current medical care system and offer solutions for change.

Sherrilyn Ifill

Isabel Wilkersonphoto by Joe Henson

Refugees in Their Own Country: Race and the Great Migration

January 12, 2011

For almost 55 years, thousands upon thousands of black Americans from the South left their homes in search of a better future for themselves and their children. Sherrilyn Ifill, Civil Rights lawyer and OSI-Baltimore board member, interviewed Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration.

Mark Sills

The Johnsonsphoto by Civic Ventures

Truth and Reconciliation: A Community Comes to Grips with Its Past

November 4, 2010

Commissioner Rev. Mark Sills and Rev. Nelson Johnson and his wife Joyce Johnson discussed the lessons learned from the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The conversation was moderated by U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit Judge Andre Davis.

Bryan Stevenson

Renee Hutchins

Is Justice Possible in a Race Biased Society?

April 20, 2010

Bryan Stevenson founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, and professor at New York University School of Law, and Renée Hutchins, professor at the University of Maryland Law School, discussed how race affects attitudes and outcomes in the criminal justice system.

Beverly Tatumphoto by Spellman College & J.-D

David Hornbeck

Can We Talk About How Race Affects our Classrooms?

November 2, 2009

Beverly Daniel Tatum, president of Spelman College and author of Can We Talk About Race? And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation, which discusses how American schools are experiencing increasing and underreported resegregation, spoke with David Hornbeck, former Philadelphia Superintendent of Schools and author of Choosing Excellence in Public Schools: Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way, about how race plays out in our classrooms.

Gerald Torres

Ben Jealousphoto by Jeffrey MacMillan

Do We Still Need to Talk About Race?

September 16, 2009

With the election of President Obama, some say race is no longer an obstacle to success and that the “American Dream” is more reality than not. At this discussion, Ben Jealous, executive director of the NAACP, and Gerald Torres, professor at the University of Texas Law School and co-author of The Miner’s Canary: Enlisting Race, Resisting Power, Transforming Democracy, challenged this assumption.

Gwen Ifillphoto by Robert Severi

Sherrilyn Ifill

Talking About Race Now: How to Build Success Without Forgetting the Struggle

June 4, 2009

Gwen Ifill of Washington Week and The News Hour and Sherrilyn A. Ifill, civil rights lawyer and law professor at the University of Maryland School of Law, discussed this pivotal moment in American history and its potential for advancing equity and social justice.