Nia Redmond (panelist), a lifelong East Baltimore resident, has been a children’s and youth activist for over 30 years. She created the first youth media program in our city, producing the only youth newspaper written by youth for youth in Baltimore in 1987. She was also the first African-American hired in the Mayor’s Office for Children and Youth under the Schaefer-Burns administration. Ms. Redmond was appointed to represent families being dislocated from the Middle East neighborhood in East Baltimore, participating on that board for five years and vigorously fighting for honorable relocation of families and corner stores. She is the co-founder of the East Baltimore Historical Library, an outgrowth of over 700 black families being dislocated from the black community north of Johns Hopkins Hospital. She serves on the Henderson-Hopkins School’s K-8 school board.