The original version of this program aired on April 24, 2020.
Some call it “The Uprising.” Some call it “the riots.” Whatever your point of view, the paroxysm of destruction that followed the death in police custody of Freddie Gray, in late April, 2015, exposed old wounds, and created a host of new ones for our city.
Today, we revisit a conversation Tom had earlier this year with Wes Moore and Erica L. Green, two thoughtful observers of Baltimore who examined what happened at that critical moment in our city's history in their new book, called “Five Days: The Fiery Reckoning of an American City.”
Wes Moore is the CEO of the Robin Hood Foundation, one of the largest anti-poverty organizations in the country. He’s also the New York Times-bestselling author of The Other Wes Moore and is the host of Future City here on WYPR. Erica Green is an award-winning reporter who covers education for The New York Times. She is a former Baltimore Sun reporter who was part of a team that was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for its breaking news coverage of the death of Freddie Gray and the events that followed.