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Candy Thomas, 33, with her daughters Zora, 12, and Daria, 8 months, on her porch in the Park Heights neighborhood by the Pimlico race course in Baltimore, Md. on May 7, 2015. Zora fears the police after the death of Freddie Gray, who she knew personally.

Candy Thomas, 33, with her daughters Zora, 12, and Daria, 8 months, on her porch in the Park Heights neighborhood by the Pimlico race course in Baltimore, Md. on May 7, 2015. Zora fears the police after the death of Freddie Gray, who she knew personally.

Baltimore Sings the Blues
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On April 19, 2015, 25 year-old Freddie Gray from West Baltimore, died under police custody after suffering a spinal cord injury from his arrest. Days of protests followed leading to violent clashes with police on Pennsylvania Avenue just hours after Gray’s funeral with a long night of rioting and a staggering increase in the homicide rate that year. Not since the death of Martin Luther King Jr. has Baltimore seen such violence, forcing residents, its city council and police department to confront the issues that have long been ignored: systematic racial inequality, economic disparity, rampant drug abuse, poor education and police brutality.

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