#HotMicSession: Think-Tank + Work-Tank + Dream-Tank – Radical Change Through Policy Advocacy

Lawrence Grandpre

New Timbuktu is creatively and intellectually driven by Lawrence Grandpre – who serves as the Creative Director.

Lawrence Grandpre is also the Director of Research for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle wherein he provides the research needed to facilitate effective political awareness campaigns, organized civil demonstrations, community education events and legislative advocacy efforts for policy reforms that impact Black people in Baltimore. Lawrence was a Maxy award recipient at Whitman College, where he competed on the school’s debate team. Thereafter, he coached college debate national champions as a Research Assistant at Towson University and high school debate national champions as a Debate Coach at his alma mater, Baltimore City College High School.

We take you with us into one of our fundraising dinners, where we discuss the history of the scholar-activist network which brings you ISOBP – Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle. We break down our methodology around policy advocacy and how we seek to innovate as a “Grassroots” think tank.


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