OSI-Baltimore 20th Anniversary Event: Barbara Mikulski and Rashad Robinson
Join Open Society Institute-Baltimore for the second of three special events marking our 20th Anniversary. The centerpiece of the event will be a timely conversation on "Making Sure Every Person Counts: The Census, Advocacy, and Civic Participation" with two of the country's foremost experts on these subjects: Barbara Mikulski was a US Senator representing Maryland for 30 years, from 1987 to 2017, after serving 10 years in the House of Representatives. She is the longest-serving woman in the history of the United States Congress and a passionate advocate for families and working people. She is now a professor of public policy at Johns Hopkins University. Rashad Robinson is executive director of Color of Change, the largest online racial justice organization in the United States, with more than 1.4 million members dedicated to strengthening the political voice of Black America. Prior to joining Color of Change in 2011, Robinson held leadership roles at GLAAD, the Right to Vote Campaign, and FairVote. OSI-Baltimore Advisory Board member Andre Davis will moderate. Throughout the series of events, we will also honor local individuals who have lived the values of Open Society Institute's tagline, Bold Thinking, Strategic Action, Justice for All. At this second event, we will present “Strategic Action” awards to Caryn York, executive director of the Job Opportunities Task Force, and Ray Kelly, CEO of the No Boundaries Coalition, for their tireless and effective advocacy on behalf of Baltimore communities. There will also be a performance by drummer, educator, and 2015 OSI Community Fellow Menes Yahudah and readings by students from Writers in Baltimore Schools, founded by 2008 OSI Community Fellow Patrice Hutton. Cocktail reception: 6:00 p.m.Program: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. We hope you can join us for this special evening! See video and photos from the first event. Thank you to our sponsors, T. Rowe Price, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and John Meyerhoff MD and Lenel Srochi-Meyerhoff, and media sponsor WYPR. See additional sponsorship opportunities for our 20th Anniversary Speaker Series.