Baltimore gained national attention again last night with +TV ONE’s live taping of the “State of Emergency: Baltimore and Beyond A News One Now Town Hall Meeting”. Led my Roland Martin, the stage was filled with community members, students, activist, government official, pastors, police officers, and victims of police brutality all there to help answer the lingering question – What is next for Baltimore?
The two hour town hall meeting started with an optimistic tone and ended with a call to action from Roland Martin for everyone present to do their part, big or small, to bring about a change in the community.
The town hall meeting helped shed light on a few facts that were not necessarily shared on news over the last few weeks:
The panelist, including Carl Stokes, Baltimore Council member who recently mentioned parallels between the use of the word “thug” and “Negro”, Jeff Johnson, journalist and Baltimore resident, and Devin Allen, the photographer behind the +Time Magazine cover, and 15 plus other individual who spoke meet a crowd that night that were willing to hear what that had to say, but tried to hold in their emotions that slowly bubbled over.
The town hall meeting had a couple of outburst that was welcomed by the audience and to lead to four individuals being escorted out by police.
Roland Martin end the evening, saying “…Folks want to come with emotion, folks want to talk, folks want to comment, folks want to preach, but the real action has to take place once they leave. So, the real challenge for everybody here is, what is it specifically that you are going to focus on?”
What do you think are the next steps for healing and change?
If you missed it last night, check out the streaming video here.