June 28, 2011 – Segment 1

Last week we brought you a discussion with the organizers of Roots Fest, a festival in West Baltimore that took place on the “Highway to Nowhere,” Route 40, which has divided the West Baltimore community for decades.  Today we’ll talk about the way the festival was received in the community, and what work still needs to be done to repair the damage done to neighborhoods surrounding the road.

We’re joined by:

Dr. Randy Rowel – Associate Professor in the Morgan State University School of Community Health and Policy

Ashley Milburn – Co-executive Director of the Culture Works Project & 2007 OSI Fellow

Denise Johnson – Co-executive Director of the Culture Works Project, a local arts & culture program

Carlton Turner – Executive Director of Alternate Roots

Sheila Gaskins – Director of the play “Last House Standing” – a play, being performed at Roots Fest, about the displacement of West Baltimore residents by the “Highway to Nowhere”