Kibwe Shelton with his mother, the late West Baltimore activist Gwen Shelton. Kibwe will offer a free fitness class on May 2, in Druid Hill Park to raise donations for those affected by the rioting that took place in West Baltimore. (Photo courtesy of Kibwe Shelton)

“Our community is worth saving,” the late Gwen Shelton said in late 2013, during the last meeting of the Matthew A. Henson Neighborhood Association over which she presided.

With Shelton’s beloved West Baltimore community rocked by the unrest that followed the death of Freddie Gray on April 19, her son, Kibwe Shelton, hopes to put his mother’s sentiment into action by offering a free fitness class this weekend to raise donations for those affected by the looting that occurred earlier in the week.

Shelton has been a physical trainer for eight years, working with all fitness levels and specializing in training athletes.

“Saturday morning we’re going to get together,” he said. “It will be low-intensity exercise I just want to get people together, and most of all raise money to donate to the community, especially the community where my mom is from.”

“I know a lot of people were offset by all the looting and all the rioting going on, so if I can give whatever it is—monetary, clothes, food, water,” he added. “Whatever I can give.”

The class will take place May 2, at 8:30 a.m. by the tennis courts in Druid Hill Park. Shelton is asking for cash or tangible goods donations, which he will donate to recovery efforts in his mother’s name.

Gwen Shelton was a long-time activist in Baltimore, served as president of the Matthew A. Henson Neighborhood Association. The group advocates for a neighborhood that borders the Sandtown-Winchester community where Freddie Gray was raised.


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