Concrete Rose: Pushing Past the Hopelessness of a Broken City
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The Racial Justice Forum of the St. Ignatius Justice & Peace presents Joshua Smith and a fascinating lecture entitled "Concrete Rose: Pushing Past the Hopelessness of a Broken City." Both a Bible savvy and street smart social change advocate Joshua will give a fresh grassroots perspective on issues affecting black Baltimore inner city youth, where the problems originated, and practical solutions in which the church can play an integral part. Joshua has served as a youth mentor for the Indiana department of corrections, a street outreach worker focusing on anti-sex trafficking and recovery, and as the pastor of ‘intentional living’ for the Gallery Church in Baltimore. As a community activist, grassroots organizer, and youth advocate, Joshua is very passionate about the non-profit organization he has founded called “Concrete Rose” which focuses on mentoring, spiritual formation and workforce development for young black men in Baltimore City. Joshua and his wife Laurie live intentionally in the south-west inner-city of Baltimore.