Feb. 14 — The Baltimore Peoples Power Assembly held a special event for children and youth to commemorate Black History Month. It was an opportunity for youth and children to open up about issues that affect their communities, such as police brutality, homelessness and joblessness. The group showed a film on Black history with excerpts about Malcolm X and many other highlights, told stories and participated in arts and crafts.
Kira Lynae helped to lead the storytime, along with IWW (Industrial Workers of the World) members. UNITE HERE Local 7 members and organizers of the Baltimore International Women’s Day march donated refreshments; and Angel Disquiseppe helped edit and put together the film shown by the group. Supplies were donated by the local Maryland Institute College of Art.
Sara Benjamin, a PPA organizer and mother of 5-year-old Imari Rucker, asserted, “Today’s event has been a big success. Children and youth need the information — they need empowerment and hope.”