(BALTIMORE – March 11, 2020) – The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture in conjunction with the law firm of Murphy, Falcon and Murphy announced yesterday “From the Front Lines: Five Years Later,” a day of reflection on the ways the Baltimore Uprising changed the City – five years after the death of Freddie Gray. The all-day event will take place on Saturday, April 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The program will include a panel discussion with figures from the Baltimore Uprising, led by CNN national correspondent Miguel Marquez. Later, there will be breakout sessions on issues important to the Baltimore community including economic development, policies, housing, and policing. The day will conclude with a talk with Wes Moore, CEO of the Robin Hood Foundation and author of Five Days: The Fiery Reckoning of an American City.
“As we observe the five-year anniversary of the uprising, we acknowledge the pain and suffering it brought to the communities of Baltimore,” said Jackie Copeland, Executive Director of the Lewis Museum. He added, “What’s even more important is to understand what changes have been made to our criminal justice system and to see what progress the City has made to repair systems that are broken. This is hard work, but I would like to believe that we have made progress in those five years.”
Other Baltimore Uprising anniversary events at the Lewis Museum include Current Voices: Uprising + 5, Part 2: Media on Thursday, May 7 at 7 p.m. in partnership with the Jewish Museum of Maryland. For a full calendar of events at the Lewis Museum, please visit www.lewismuseum.org/events-calendar.
About the Reginald F. Lewis Museum
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum is Maryland’s largest museum dedicated to the State’s African American experience. A Smithsonian affiliate, the museum engages visitors through its permanent and special exhibitions, community events and family programming. The museum is celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2020.