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    People Get Ready

    John Nichols and Robert McChesney talked about their book, People Get Ready: The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy, about the impact of the tech revolution on the American worker. They argued against unlimited capitalism and offered strategies to integrate technological progress into the U.S. economy in a way that benefits all Americans.

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    Johns Hopkins University Commencement Address

    Spike Lee delivered the commencement address to the 2016 graduating class of Johns Hopkins University at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Maryland. He discussed race relations and criticized presumptive 2016 Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Mr. Lee had made a campaign commercial for Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a candidate for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, before the New York primary elections. He warned graduates about the turbulent times they were about to enter and urged them to be catalysts for change for the “99 percent.” Mr. Lee also paid tribute to the late singer Prince with a reading of his song “Baltimore” that was released the previous year after the riots in that city.

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    Paul Robeson and Confronting Black Jacobins

    Gerald Horne discusses Paul Robeson: The Artist as Revolutionary, his biography of actor, singer, and activist, Paul Robeson. He also spoke about his book Confronting Black Jacobins: The U.S., the Haitian Revolution, and the Origins of the Dominican Republic.

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    Maryland Democratic Senate Debate

    Maryland Representatives Donna Edwards and Chris Van Hollen, Democratic U.S. Senate candidates, participated in a primary debate. Topics included criminal justice reform, U.S.-Cuba relations, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. This was their first televised debate, held at the University of Baltimore’s Learning Commons.

    Courtesy of WJZ-TV.

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    President Obama at the Islamic Society of Baltimore

    Following a meeting with Muslim community leaders, President Obama talked about the contributions of Muslim Americans in the United States. He also spoke about the history of the religion in the U.S. and how groups such as ISIL* distort the Muslim faith. His remarks at the Islamic Society of Baltimore marked his first visit to an American mosque as president.

    *The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or DAISH/DAESH in Arabic), is a militant group that has called itself the Islamic State.

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    Introduction of President Obama at the Islamic Society of Baltimore

    Sabah Maktar introduced President Obama’s speech at the Islamic Society of Baltimore. She was studying biology t the University of Maryland’s Baltimore campus as part of a pre-med program.

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    Islamic Society of Baltimore Opening Ceremony

    Before President Obama’s speech at the Islamic Society of Baltimore an honor guard of Muslim Boy Scouts brought in the U.S. and Maryland flags, before leading the audience in the pledge of allegiance, followed by the recitation of the Quran. Muhammad Jameel then made welcoming remarks.