The students were honored to host author D. Watkins at the school today. His visit followed the reading and discussion of his book: The Beast Side: Living and Dying While Black in America by Year 2 students over the last month. Mr. Watkins talked about growing up in Baltimore from a neighborhood African-American perspective and the lessons learned along the way. The students enjoyed his relaxed style and plain language as well as his stories whether it was because he gave voice to their lives or because he introduced them to a side of Baltimore they didn’t fully know. D expressed a lot of interest in the students and the school and committed to coming back and working with the students next year. We appreciate Justin Switzer for setting this up and also were pleased to have Evan Green, Quenton Bubb, and Miko Veldkamp join us for this discussion.
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