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Dr. Skipp Sanders took over the helm of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture four years ago. He retired from that position last week, and this morning he joins Tom in Studio A to talk about the role the museum has played in Baltimore's cultural life, and what lies ahead for this unique and important institution. 

The current special exhibition at the Lewis Museum is a collection of paintings by Ruth Starr Rose. It’s called Revelations of African American Life in Maryland and the World. It will be there until April. And you have about 6 more weeks to see the exhibition of photographs by Devin Allen, called Awakenings: In a New Light.   It's a collection of compelling images of the Freddie Gray protests and riots last April. 

Nick Mosby Campaign Website

We continue our weekly series of conversations with people who have announced their candidacy for the office of Mayor of Baltimore. Today, Tom's guest is Nick Mosby. He is a Democrat. He is several weeks away from his 36th birthday. He lives in Reservoir Hill with his wife, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, and their two young daughters.

After graduating from Tuskeegee University with a degree in electrical engineering, Nick Mosby worked in the utility industry, first as a network engineer with Verizon, and later as a senior project manager for BGE. In 2011, he was elected to represent West Baltimore's 7th district on the City Council.  Among his notable initiatives as a councilman was passage of the “Ban the Box” legislation, which allows ex-felons in Baltimore City to disclose their conviction later in the hiring process when they apply for jobs.  He has released a 15-point plan for the future of Baltimore, on issues ranging from education and good governance to blight and economic equity. You can read more here. 

Tonight at 5:30, there will be a forum of mayoral candidates at the Impact Hub at the Center Theater in Station North. If you can’t make it in person, it will be live-streamed. Next week, Tom's guest will be Democratic mayoral candidate and Baltimore businessman David Warnock.

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It’s time now for our monthly feature called Smart Nutrition. Today, we’ll take a look at the latest Dietary Guidelines recommended by the federal government. Last February, a group of 14 food, nutrition and medical experts on the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee sent a report to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Agriculture Department, with advice about what the final guidelines should be. Well, those final guidelines were released last month, and we thought it would be interesting to examine how many, or how few of those recommendations made its way into the report.

When the advisory committee issued its recommendations last year, Tom talked about it with our Nutrition Diva, Monica Reinagel. She’s back this morning to update us on what is known as the DGA, or Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Monica is a licensed nutritionist who blogs at Nutrition Over Easy, and whose weekly podcasts appear on Quick and Dirty Tips.Com

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Schools in Central Maryland remain closed today.

Schools on the Upper Shore plan to open, but later than usual:

TWO HOUR DELAY: Caroline County schools and Kent County schools

90 MINUTE DELAY: Queen Anne's County schools and Talbot County schools

Jonna McKone

Maryland began digging out from under an historic snowfall yesterday with shovels, snow blowers and in one case, even a dustpan. 
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Last night's snowfall has left this morning's roads icy; officials urge you to be careful on untreated roads, bridges, and overpasses -- and to drive more slowly and carefully than usual.

Some schools are changing their schedules:

Sheila Dixon Campaign Website

Today we continue our series of conversations with people who have announced their intention to run for Mayor of Baltimore. As of January 20th, 8 Democrats, 2 Republicans, 1 Green Party candidate, 2 Independents, and 5 Unaffiliated candidates have registered with the Board of Elections to be on the April 26th mayoral primary ballot. At least 4 candidates have opened campaign headquarters and have been actively campaigning, but have yet to file with the Board of Elections. Their deadline to do so is two weeks from today, on February 3rd. Each Wednesday for the next several weeks, we’ll take some time here on Maryland Morning to speak with candidates about their visions for the city.

Tom's guest today is Sheila Dixon. She is a Democrat. She is 62 years old, and lives in Hunting Ridge on the city's west side. Ms. Dixon is currently working with the Maryland Minority Contractors Association. She was first elected to the City Council in 1987. She served as the Mayor of Baltimore from 2007-2010, until she resigned following a misdemeanor conviction for fraudulent misappropriation of gift cards given to her by some real estate developers.


Jan 19, 2016


This morning, as we celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, we want to focus on where the Civil Rights movement is today, as well as the current state of some of the city’s most important Civil Rights landmarks. But first, let’s start with a look back at the history of the movement here in Maryland. In the early years of the movement, men often overshadowed the women who played pivotal roles as activists and organizers. Last week, Tom spoke with two women who were front and center in the fight for equal rights.

First, Dr. Helena Hicks. She grew up in Sandtown-Winchester, and she has spent a lifetime agitating for civil rights. She was involved in an action at Read’s Drug Store in Baltimore in 1955. Tom asked her to take us back to that chilly morning as she waited for a bus to take her to school at what is now Morgan State University.

Then, Tom turned to Civil Rights Activist Gloria Richardson. She was part of the Cambridge Movement in the 1960s on the Eastern Shore of Maryland – an area that she has compared to living in the Deep South. She helped organize the Cambridge Nonviolent Action Committee.