We still greatly miss all of our live visits and long-form chats with our Baltimore Positive guests at State Fare and Faidley’s from earlier in our Season One of intelligent conversations with community leaders but we’re forging ahead with some of the coolest conversations during a hot, pandemic summer here in the Charm City.

As Don Mohler always points out: it’s never a straight line with our guests or platform. Just two curious people seeking deeper knowledge and wisdom from wise people. We’re about to bring forward a wide variety of guests and topics as we navigate all of the aspects of life during a pandemic.

It’s been a few months since we’ve caught up with Congressman Kweisi Mfume, who has spent the past year involved in several elections in the aftermath of the death of Elijah Cummings and winning the seat in which he served more than three decades ago. The first time he was elected to serve in Washington, D.C. was in 1986 and arrived there to meet another young African American congressman from Georgia.

We asked Mfume to tell us about his journey with John Lewis.

When you bring old friends and leaders together, great conversations happen. We only had a short time with the Congressman but we’ll circle back later in the fall for a longer chat. And as you’ll hear in the conversation, the last time we both randomly ran into Mfume was inside State Fare in Catonsville when we were doing a live show back in the winter.

Because we haven’t been able to sit down and eat a proper crab cake at Faidley’s at Lexington Market or have some chicken and waffles at State Fare in Catonsville with our guests, we have been doing one longish episode rather than our customary three shorter blocks of conversation.

Given the current state of America in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and protests on our streets and throughout the world, we will be focusing on race and the future moving forward in many of our upcoming August episodes.

Clearly, we voted last month. And we hope you voted, too, and are ready to vote again in November!

We are all in this together and this is a time to educate, unite and keep each other safe. But we also have some extra time to read and learn and educate ourselves in many ways.

We will continue to produce high-quality, intelligent conversations with thought leaders as our citizens try to readjust to this pandemic during the summer at Baltimore Positive.

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We’ll try to keep you cool.

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