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Sharing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s message in Maryland

MH SAFE youth center
SAFE - Safe Alternative Foundation for Education - stayed open during the pandemic, bringing small groups of students together for tutoring and help with virtual learning. Credit: SAFE

This morning, we mark Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday by speaking with local leaders who have taken extraordinary steps during the pandemic to support their neighbors.

Bishop Antonio Palmer heads the nondenominational Kingdom Celebration Center in Anne Arundel County. From food distribution to child care, he talks about answering the community’s call for aid. Find information about the 34th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award Dinner here.

And in West Baltimore, Van Brooks leads SAFE, a youth center that offers classes on woodshop, beekeeping and more. Brooks says varied experiences lead to expansion, "How can a person strive for something if they don’t know it exists?"

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.
Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.