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The Republic and HBO's The Wire PHIL-255-01: Wake of Baltimore Uprising

Baltimore Uprising and Police Brutality

Pratt-Harris, Natasha C., et al. "Police-involved homicide of unarmed Black males: Observations by Black scholars in the midst of the April 2015 Baltimore uprising." Journal Of Human Behavior In The Social Environment 26, no. 3-4 (May 2016): 377-389. PsycINFO, EBSCOhost (accessed October 12, 2017).

Black scholars who reside in the United States balance their teaching, research responsibility, and lived experience with the urgent need to address the racial inequality and violence that has characterized Black life. The authors of this article explore police-involved homicides of unarmed Black males through the unique lens of Black scholars. Embedded in an ecological perspective, the authors address three critical questions: (1) From the viewpoint of the Black scholar, what was the impact of the recent events? (2) To what extent have the recent events influenced pedagogical and community work by Black scholars? and (3) In light of the recent events, what can be done to improve policies and strengthen your academic discipline? The insights offered by eight multidisciplinary authors offer promising alternatives to current public policy, training, and general community practice. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)


Looking Back to the Baltimore Uprising

"Remembering the Baltimore uprising two years later." UWIRE Text, 2017., Expanded Academic ASAP, EBSCOhost (accessed October 12, 2017).

Many Hopkins students joined city-wide protests to demand justice for the death of Freddie Gray in April, 2015.

The arrest and death of Freddie Gray, a 25 year old black man and Baltimore native, sparked both peaceful and violent protests in April 2015. Two years later, Baltimore and the Hopkins community are still trying to make sense of Gray's death and the surge of activism that followed.

Gray died from a spinal cord injury that he sustained while in Baltimore Police Department custody. His death came during the early stages of the Black Lives Matter movement, which called attention to how police brutality violates the rights of black Americans.

Following his death, many Hopkins students joined city-wide protests demanding justice. Senior Matthew Brown, a sophomore at the time, remembers the beginning of the Baltimore uprising.


Oguntoyinbo, Lekan. "Road to recovery: several higher ed institutions in the Baltimore area are working with the city and its residents to rebuild after its first uprising in almost 50 years." Diverse Issues In Higher Education no. 14 (2015): 8. Biography in Context, EBSCOhost (accessed October 12, 2017).

In the wake of the unrest in Baltimore this April, officials at Johns Hopkins University announced they would hire 300 Baltimore youth -- up from 100 the previous year -- for the city's annual summer jobs program. The youth, who range in age from 15 to 21, will work at the university, the university's hospital and the university's health system this summer.

Johns Hopkins has long been an active participant in the city's summer employment program, which provides jobs to thousands of young people.