WED. FEB 15, at 8pm | “Baltimore: Born and Raised Black” featuring Tawanda Jones, Founder of the Wes
Tawanda Jones a full time Teacher and mother of 4 children. Full-time forced activist. I am my brother's keeper. Since the untimely brutal murder of my brother Tyrone West I've been all around the world fighting for justice and fighting weekly for accountability my family and I started something call West Wednesday where my family and I protest every week regardless of the weather. We also go to Annapolis to lobby for bills. We use our Outlet to connect with other families of police brutality. I can't stop won't stop until killer cops are in jail/ cell blocks. It's about holding people accountable.
Joshua Harris is a leader and visionary who advocates on behalf of the community. He is dedicated to creating attainable solutions for the challenges Baltimore faces. Joshua has passion for, and is commitment to, empowering his community. As a young child, Joshua grew up in poverty and his family struggled to make ends meet. Through access and opportunity his family was able to overcome those struggles. Harris knows there are many hard-working families in Baltimore that are struggling every day and simply need the access and opportunity.
Joshua confronts challenges by working to create positive and sustainable impacts to the issues that our city faces. As co-founder of the Hollins Creative Placemaking, Joshua leads initiatives that foster urban revitalization by including the use of art and creative processes to foster an environment of belonging. His community involvement extends to community leadership, as Joshua sits on the Charles Village Urban Renewal community board, Paul’s Place Community advisory board, Baltimore's Promise Mentoring Task Force, and was the youngest board member for Baltimore’s Southwest Partnership.
In collaboration with YouthWorks, Joshua developed a community-led program to employ Baltimore City youth. He has also served as a legislative aide for Delegate Charles E. Sydnor and assisted with the passing of police body camera legislation. Joshua believes that it is necessary to rebuild the trust between our neighborhoods and the police department. Outside of Baltimore, Joshua has worked with Black and Brown People Vote, aimed at increasing voter education and turnout in African American and Latino communities.
Brayden Simpson is a Baltimore born actor, writer, and theater educator. He is a graduate of the theater program at the Baltimore School for the Arts and continued his training at NYU: Tisch; studying Drama and minoring in Business of Entertainment, Media, & Technology. He currently works as an actor while maintaining a fellowship with Mosaic Theater Company. Growing up in various parts of Maryland but always maintaining a connection to Baltimore through family and peers; his experiences in and outside of the city inform much of his artistic foundation as he believes there is no city that has been shaped quite like it due to its historic and current education, housing, and socio-economic systems.