The Marc Steiner Show

Archive for activism

Different Takes: Russia and the Election – Russia In Baltimore

February 26, 2018 – Russian Meddling in Baltimore

We begin a new series, “Different Takes: Russia and the Election.” Our conversation starts right here in Baltimore with the Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, Pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church, who talks about his encounter with Russian interference during the Freddie Gray uprising, through discovering the Russian-created Facebook page called The Blacktivist.

#SayHerName: Teaching Young Girls to be Politically Conscious

sndblandOctober 15, 2015 – Segment 2

The plight of Black women who suffer violence and discrimination at the hands of the police, has largely been ignored, by the mainstream media and activists alike.  As recent events, particularly the July 13th death of Sandra Bland in police custody, have brought these issues to the fore, we steer our  conversation to how parents and educators are incorporating the living history of the Baltimore Uprising, #BlackLivesMatter and #SayHerName into lessons for their children and students, especially young girls of color. Sharing their thoughts are: Lisa Gray, Assistant Director of Student Life for Cultural and Spiritual Diversity at UMBC; and Dr. Anika Simpson, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies and Coordinator of Women and Gender Studies Program at Morgan State University.

Social Justice Activism in the Church

churchFebruary 12, 2015 – Segment 3

We examine the role of social justice activism in the church, with: the Rev. Kevin Slayton, Pastor of New Waverly United Methodist Church and former civil rights lobbyist; and the Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, community activist, pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church and Executive Director of Orita’s Cross Freedom School.

From Ferguson to Gaza: Black & Palestinian Communities and Activism

palestine gazaOctober 23, 2014 – Segment 3

We discuss the growing synergy between African American and Palestinian activists in the U.S., and discuss the points of unity and tension within Black and Arab communities. We are joined by academic, author, and activist Dr. Steven Salaita; and the Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, community activist, Pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church, and Executive Director of Orisha’s Cross Freedom School.



From The Archives: Poet, Activist and Author Dr. Sonia Sanchez

Dr. Sonia SanchezOctober 22, 2014 – Segment 4

We close out the show with a very special archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show. Listen in to my 2010 interview with poet, activist and author Dr. Sonia Sanchez. The author of over 16 books, Sanchez is an expert on Black culture and literature, women’s liberation, and racial justice. Her books include Morning Haiku,We a BaddDDD People, and Homegirls and Handgrenades.



What Would You Do If You Were Mayor Of Baltimore?

City HallSeptember 17, 2014 – Segment 2

A group of bright young Baltimoreans answer the question: What Would You Do If You Were Mayor Of Baltimore? Our in-studio panel includes: Megan Sherman, Producer for The Real News NetworkDayvon Love, Director of Research and Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; and Zeke Berzoff-Cohen, Executive Director of The Intersection.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Youth Activists

mlk_childJanuary 20, 2014 – Segment 3

We continue our Martin Luther King Jr. Day special with an examination of King’s legacy. We talk with young social justice activists about how his life influences their work today. Our guests include: Destiny Watford, member of Free Your Voice, a United Workers committee working in Baltimore’s Curtis Bay and Brooklyn neighborhoods to ensure fair development that puts community first; Babatunde Salaam of New Lens, a youth-driven social justice organization that makes art and media about issues where a youth perspective can inspire change; Dawnya Johnson, of The Intersection project, which teaches youth to organize and engage in civic action around issues affecting their communities; and Dr. Jeanne Theoharis, professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College and author of The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks.


Movements For Justice In Baltimore

baltimoreJanuary 6, 2014 – Segment 4

We look towards Baltimore, as local leaders and activists talk about the movement for justice building right here in our city. Our panel includes: Dr. Lawrence Brown, Assistant Professor of Public Health at Morgan State University; the Rev. Meredith Moise, ordained minister, writer, community activist and teacher; Jeff Singer, Founder and former Executive Director of Health Care for the Homeless; Sarah Van Gelder, co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of YES! Magazine and; and Sergio España, statewide organizer for Healthcare is a Human Right-Maryland and activist with United Workers.


Peace Activist Kathy Kelly


December 30, 2013 – Segment 2

We’re joined for a special conversation with peace activist Kathy Kelly. She is a co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence and a co-founder of Voices in the Wilderness, a campaign to end economic sanctions against Iraq. Kathy Kelly and her companions helped send over 70 delegations to Iraq, from 1996 to 2003, in open defiance of the economic sanctions. She lived in Iraq during the 2003 U.S. invasion and initial weeks of the U.S. Occupation. Kelly has been involved in numerous nonviolent campaigns to end war, some of which have involved lengthy imprisonment.  As a war tax refuser, she has refused all forms of federal income tax since 1981.


March On Washington 50th Anniversary Special

KingAugust 23, 2013 – Segment 1

We host a special on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. We are joined by a multi-generational roundtable of guests, including: John Milton Wesley, author, songwriter, and Senior Fellow in Social Marketing with the National Center for Health Behavioral Change at Morgan State University; Dr. Katrina Bell McDonald, Associate Professor of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University; Luis Larin, Leadership Organizer for United Workers; LOVE the Poet, poet and performance artist; Hallie Boas, organizer with Rise Up Texas and Black Mesa Indigenous Support.