By AFRO Staff

Baltimore Homecoming, a nonprofit organization of accomplished natives from around the world that return every year to inspire the city’s next generation, announced the launch of a virtual series called “Baltimore Conversations.” The series is designed to inform, engage and entertain Baltimoreans near and far during these uncertain times.

The first conversation kicked off on April 15 at 3 p.m. led by WNBA All-Star Angel McCoughtry and the Executive Director of Safe Alternative Foundation for Education (SAFE) Van Brooks. The duo spoke about the cancellation of the 2020 Olympics, what’s in store for the WNBA this season, and what social distancing has been like for professional athletes. Brooks spoke about how SAFE has been able to adapt and continue to serve their students during remote learning.

Melanie Whelan, Duff Goldman, Mario Armstrong, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young, Lance Reddick and Angel McCoughtry. (Photo by Brian O’Doherty)

The next two conversations in the lineup will be on April 17 and April 22 at 3 p.m., featuring previous “Homecoming Heroes,” medical professionals, talk show hosts, and actors. These talks will focus on combating COVID-19 in our community and highlighting the ways in which others are adapting and surviving around the country during the pandemic. 

“As the world grapples with a new normal, we at Baltimore Homecoming are sticking to our mission. Growing our alumni network and connecting those alumni to the doers of Baltimore remains our focus, and with these unique times comes an opportunity for us to do so in novel ways,” said Dan Schochor, Baltimore Homecoming’s executive director.

In the coming weeks, Baltimore Homecoming will be curating and hosting fireside chats, panels and discussions with some of Baltimore’s notable alumni and inspiring locals. The events are open to the public, but registration is required. For those who cannot attend live, a recording will be made available for each event. Both updates on future events and access to recordings can be found at