Four events related to Freddie Gray and racial justice this week

A Baltimore Uprising Anniversary Gathering

April 27

A year ago this week, rioters burned down the CVS on Penn and North. It was the ugliest image from the mostly peaceful uprising and the national and international press, obsessed with this narrative, played it on a loop ad nauseam. Since then, the neighborhood has been slowly healing and a new CVS has opened in the same spot. To mark the anniversary of the Uprising, the Circles of Voices group will gather outside the store with live music and spoken word performances. Activists PFK Boom, Tawanda Jones, and photographer Devin Allen will speak about the events that occurred in Sandtown one year ago. The weekly memorial for Tyrone West, called West Wednesdays, will also be held at the spot from 6:30-8 p.m. Noon- 9 p.m., CVS, Pennsylvania and North Avenues, facebook.com/events/537601986422590, free. (J.M. Giordano)

Question Bridge: Black Males

April 28

As black men are multi-dimensional, complex, and diverse in their experiences, so are their perspectives on various issues affecting the black community. The interactive documentary video installation "Question Bridge: Black Males," now on view at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, depicts the diversity in the black male experience through video clips of over 150 black men from all over the United States discussing everything from family to education to violence. The subjects ask and answer tough questions like "Are you ready for freedom?" and "What's your greatest fear?" Created by artists Hank Willis Thomas and Chris Johnson in collaboration with Bayeté Ross Smith and Kamal Sinclair, "Question Bridge" challenges viewers and those interviewed to discover internalized stereotypes about black men and how they shape identity. Through Sept. 30, Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St., (443) 263-1800, lewismuseum.org. (Deneia Washington)

Brioxy in Baltimore

April 29

The wake of the uprising, as well as the recent election season, prompted many to question how the city creates and supports opportunity for young residents of color, when for decades nearly all of that opportunity—by way of education, the funding of creative projects, and job creation—has been funneled into Baltimore's "white L." Though the problem is obvious and the discourse surrounding it has grown considerably over the last year, significant changes have yet to occur. Led by Brioxy, a California-based online network that offers career advising and other support to millennials of color, a panel will dissect and reflect on recent steps toward more inclusive investment in creatives and innovators living in Baltimore, and the progress that still needs to be made. Speaking are some of Baltimore's emerging black leaders and creatives: photographer Devin Allen, artist and Balti Gurls founder Jenné Afiya Matthews, and artist, activist, and former NFL linebacker Aaron Maybin. Noon-3 p.m., Exittheapple Artspace, 2334 Guilford Ave., eventbrite.com/e/brioxy-in-baltimore-tickets-9670102537, free. (Maura Callahan)

Transform: The Future of Justice and Knowledge of the Redline

May 4

If you haven't caught the previous three parts of the Johns Hopkins University 21st Century Cities Initiative's Redlining discussion series, which explores various aspects of racial segregation, inequality, and "geographies of exclusion," now's your last chance. The final topic: how the criminal justice system plays into inequality in Baltimore, and how we move forward. Tonight's panel includes "Knocking the Hustle" author and City Paper contributor Lester Spence, WEAA radio host Marc Steiner, and One Baltimore chairman Michael Cryor. Also on hand will be live music by Gary Thomas and Dontae Winslow, a dance performance by the Baltimore Dance Crew Project, and artwork by street artists Ernest Shaw, Nether, and Gaia. Even after this series is over, the conversations must continue. 6 p.m., Parks & People Foundation, 2100 Liberty Heights Ave., (410) 448-5663, facebook.com/RedliningBmore, free. (Maura Callahan)

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