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Young Black leaders explore structural racism, leadership, Baltimore’s challenges


“We are doing things that just don’t make sense.”

Those were the words of Monica Mitchell, a banking executive and one of the four panelists on The Daily Record’s July 8 webinar, “Young, Black, Homegrown and Leading in Baltimore.”

The four are all native Baltimoreans, and their insights led to a provocative hour-long discussion on structural racism, Baltimore’s challenges and the path to a better future.

If you missed the live webinar, you can watch it here. It’s free; all you need to do is register.

The panelists were:

  • Van Brooks, the founder and executive director of SAFE, the Safe Alternative Foundation for Learning.
  • Monica Mitchell, vice president, community development, for Wells Fargo’s Maryland  and Washington operations.
  • Brandon Scott, Baltimore City Council president and Democratic Party nominee for mayor of Baltimore.
  • Caryn York, chief executive officer of the Job Opportunities Task Force.

The discussion, moderated by Daily Record Editor Tom Baden, covered a broad range of subjects, including:


The webinar kicks off a series of interviews in The Daily Record, beginning later this month, with these and other young Black leaders in Baltimore. The interviews will explore their personal journeys, their leadership roles and how they see the challenges facing Baltimore — and what solutions to these challenges might look like.

This item is part of The Daily Record’s video series, Young, Black, Homegrown & Leading in Baltimore.

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