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One Year Later, Hope and Despair Found in Equal Measure in Baltimore

Monday, April 11, 2016   (0 Comments)
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By Rebecca Koenig
Baltimore, MD

It’s one week before federal taxes are due, and staff members at the Center for Urban Families are hurrying through the hallways to the computer lab, where residents are seeking help with piles of documents.

At this nonprofit in West Baltimore, tax day seems to loom larger than another impending date: April 19, the first anniversary of the day Freddie Gray died in police custody, setting off days of what leaders here call "unrest." Although the upcoming commemoration of Mr. Gray’s death is surely not far from people’s minds, in this impoverished part of town, the basic responsibilities of life, like properly filing a 1040EZ form, demand attention.

To a busload of visitors touring Baltimore on a day trip organized by the Council on Foundations during its 2016 conference in Washington, the message is clear: A lot of work remains.

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