Voices of Baltimore: Black, White and Gray
Only seventeen at the time of the Baltimore uprising, Makayla Gilliam-Price was already a political force in Baltimore. While a junior in high school she had co-founded City Bloc, an organization dedicated to helping underage people exercise their political agency. During the unrest, she worked in conjunction with Baltimore Bloc, Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, and others, to mobilize Baltimore youth and connect them to efforts at legislative reform.
Born and raised in Baltimore, Makayla says the events of 2015 pushed her to become more active, but she is also the product of a politically charged upbringing. During the 1990s, her immediate family rallied to abolish the death penalty in Maryland, which occurred in 2013.
Since the uprising, Makayla has participated in a City Hall shutdown during Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis’s confirmation hearing, co-organized Formation Week which encouraged students at Baltimore City College High School to embrace their cultural heritage, and co-authored Assata’s Syllabus, an online resource for Afrocentric journalism. She plans to attend New School in New York, and pursue a degree in photojournalism.
Footage courtesy of: Shawn Carrie, Merciart Media, Baltimore Bloc, Makayla Gilliam-Price