Baltimore’s black men helping each other | COMMENTARY

 

Donnell Eley, associate pastor at Faith United Baptist Church, livestreams from his phone as he leads a group of community leaders, pastors and residents through East Baltimore recently. They talked with people as they passed by, greeted drivers at stoplights and handed out flyers about job opportunities. The group said it’s part of a movement to heal the city and stop the violence. (Ulysses Muñoz/The Baltimore Sun)

January 22, 2020

On Monday’s National Celebration of Dr. King’s life and legacy, I responded to the call to be among the 1,000 men walking in the MLK Day Parade in Baltimore. It was an honor to say the least. Walking shoulder to shoulder, side by side with other men from various religious and socio-economic backgrounds was not only a sight to behold, but also a statement that needed to be made.

The demonstration was a continuation of the ongoing “We-Our-Us Movement” walks that have been taking place in the city over the last six months. These walks, led by the Mayor’s Office for African-American Male Engagement (AAME), faith and community leaders, have become a show of unity for men to come together for peace and provide resources to those who have been marginalized as a result of long standing structural and institutional warfare on black men in Baltimore.