Wale and Rev. Jamal Bryant were at Fredrick Douglas High School in Baltimore today to speak to the student body. FOX 5 DC WTTG was there to capture the moment. Today was the first day back at school for students since the protests ignited the city on fire Monday evening (April 27) after the funeral of Freddie Gray.
“We need each other” Wale said. ”We need our community leaders to come step forward and we need these kids to understand that somebody believes in them. I believe in them, Jamal believes in them and there’s a lot of people in this community that believe in these kids.”
The DC native spoke to students about his own experiences with the police, “I’ve been harassed by police. I get it. I’m here to listen first and foremost – I want to know exactly what the problem is because I’m y’all neighbor. I’m D.C. but I hurt like y’all hurt. I see what’s going on.”
Wale went on: “These are the young leaders of tomorrow. They have to look in the mirror and see something better than what they’re being perceived as on TV. Even if it’s gonna take me, or whoever, to come down here and talk to them and give them some energy and let ‘em know that that’s not how I see them, that’s not how we see them, that’s not how the good people of Washington D.C. see them.”
Following the talk he marched along with the students to city hall. - xxl