“East Side Story – Johns Hopkins and The AFRO Celebrate East Baltimore” –

Here’s an update on the Project I’m working on with Hopkins. We have a new title and I think this gives a bit more clarity to the nature of our presentation. It’s happening on Nov. 5th.


I’m excited, to be sure.


Hey Out There! I’m working with Project Gado (Tom & Amy Smith) to create a dramatic presentation at Hopkins. We’re looking to incorporate images from the AFRO-AMERICAN Newspaper, which feature Hopkins and East Baltimore. I’ve already written the script—-and the actors are all on board (Yakima Rich, Tyrone Requer and Tucker Fultz). How’s bout that. We’re getting funding from the Welch Library and the Office of Government and Community Affairs. We’re looking for a 3rd party since we’re still a lil bit short money-wise.

We think it’s a gem of an idea—and Alonzo has been hard at work talking to a variety of campus organizations. Getting this off the ground has been a challenge to say the least. It’s all getting started from the ground up, and something like this has never been done at Hopkins before. So it takes some convincing (by Alonzo) to everyone I talk to that we’re not out to cure all the social ills between Hopkins and East Baltimore. I think folks immediately think we’re creating some polemic, propaganda about race and privilege. That’s for someone else’s play. We’re creating small, intimate moments that reflect on the development of Hopkins, the community of East Baltimore and framing these around some gorgeous historical images.

We’ll see how things work out as we move further into September…….


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