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Harnessing Momentum


In this hour, we revisit the infamous Rodney King beating and the Los Angeles riots of 1992 with civil rights activist and political commentator Earl Ofari Hutchinson. He’ll give us his thoughts on how the police department there has changed and whether community-police relations have improved. We’ll also hear from professor Harold McDougall on the need for "civic infrastructure" in Sandtown and other neglected Baltimore neighborhoods. Plus, Lawrence Grandpre, director of research for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, a think-tank committed to social justice issues, tells about grassroots organizing in Baltimore and Cornel West's visit to the city yesterday.

Maureen Harvie is senior producer for On the Record. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and joined WYPR in 2014 as an intern for the newsroom. Whether coordinating live election night coverage, capturing the sounds of a roller derby scrimmage, interviewing veterans, or booking local authors, she is always on the lookout for the next story.