January 26, 2009

In the first half of today’s show, Marc sat down with New York Times columnist Charles Blow to discuss his article No More Excuses? from Saturday’s Times. The piece criticizes those who believe that because the U.S. has elected its first African American President, black children have no excuse to fail. Instead, he argues, success is the result of many factors, many of which kids have no control over.

In the second half of the show, Marc speaks to advocates who work for children here in Maryland. In Baltimore, City Judges and Masters conduct approximately 30,000 child maltreatment hearings per year. The Maryland Association of Court Appointed Special Advocates (Maryland CASA) provides adult mentors who work with and assist children at those hearings. Ed Kilcullen is the State Director of Maryland CASA, and Charles Harris is a volunteer with the organization. They joined us to discuss their work and the challenges facing abused and neglected children.

For information on volunteering with or donating to Maryland CASA, visit their Ways to Help web page, or call (888) 833-2272.

On Sunday, February 15th, at 3pm, the BSO and CASA will team up for a concert and silent auction to benefit CASA Baltimore. Conductor Marin Alsop and and tap trailblazer Savion Glover collaborate with the BSO to bring you this special event. More information available here.

Written by Marc Steiner

Marc Steiner

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1 Comment

  1. Kevin from Baltimore says:

    I enjoyed today’s show very much. It covered a lot of territory. One of the main points that resonated was the first guest’s comment that President Obama may be inspiring but he is not a panacea. This comment was made in a very specific context. However, I think it applies generally. Many of my friends and colleagues were very excited last week. I was happy to see the historic inauguration. Maybe I am too much of a pessimist, but I am skeptical that much will change any time soon. So, my take away for that comment is as a very general one. I hope to be proven wrong.

    Reflecting a bit more, I just taught my kids in Sunday school yesterday about a quote from Gandhi (?) “You must be the change you wish to see”. That is not exactly right but it is close. Maybe I should stop being so pessimistic and join the president in “being the change I wish to see”. Then, he would be the inspiration but I’d still be recognizing that any change starts with each of us.

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