MPT Hosting a Conversation on Race and Policing

    Maryland Public Television is hosting an hour-long town hall meeting Monday evening on race and policing. It will be simulcast on public radio station WYPR-FM (88.1) and will also be available for viewing on the MPT livestream at

    MPT moderators Jeff Salkin and Charles Robinson will host advocates and experts, breaking the conversation down into three segments:

    Where are we and what’s at stake?

    — Finding solutions and turning protests into policy

    — Police accountability

    Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison. Baltimore Police Department photo

    Among the guests scheduled to appear during the program are DeRay Mckesson, the civil rights activist; Johnetta Elzie, civil rights activist and a leader of the group We The Protesters; Raymond Winbush, a research professor and director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University; Michael Harrison, Baltimore City police commissioner; and Melissa Hyatt, Baltimore County police chief.

    The program is part of the statewide public TV network’s initiative titled “Standing Against Racism: Fostering Unity Through Dialogue.” More information and resources are available at

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