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A Year After the Death of Freddie Gray

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It's been one year since Freddie Gray’s arrest and death sparked protests and rioting across Baltimore. In the aftermath, there were renewed calls to address the lack of opportunity plaguing the city’s long-neglected neighborhoods. But 2015 ended with record violence -- 344 murders. We hear from community leaders devoted to engaging young people. Ericka Alston, of West Baltimore’s Penn-North Community Resource Center and Kids Safe Zone, tells us how they are engaging kids with music and yoga, and building trust between the community and police. And Munir Bahar of the 300 Men March movement talks about a community center planned for East Baltimore, as well as how his organization is encouraging men to become mentors.

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