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Dayvon Love is a Baltimore-based political organizer and the Director of Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle (LDS), a grassroots think-tank that advances the public policy interests of Black people. He is featured in the new HBO documentary, "Baltimore Rising." The film documents both his youth education work around public policy as well as his legislative work around police reform.
Love has been sharpening his oratory style and political thinking for more than a decade. While at Forest Park High School, he discovered the world of policy debate. Love was so skilled at debate, it earned him a scholarship to college. He then gained national attention when he and fellow debater, Deven Cooper, won the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) National Championship - the first time in history that an all Black debate team won the tournament. 
In 2010, Love co-founded Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle (LBS), one of many organizations that successfully pressured the state of Maryland to disband its plans to build a juvenile jail downtown. LBS has also led successful legislative efforts to increase civilian oversight of law enforcement in Maryland and was a key force in fighting to get bail reform in Maryland and facing off with the bail bond industry that opposed reforms.
Love is the co-author of The Black Book: Reflections from the Baltimore Grassroots, a collection of essays that describe important issues facing grassroots activists and organizers. It was designed to be a crucial resource and a call to action for those who are genuinely interested in advancing racial justice in our society.
 
 
Testimonials

"The brilliant and righteous Dayvon Love, co-founder of Leaders of a beautiful Struggle, was amazing today on Melissa Harris-Perry's show this morning. What an exhilaration to witness and learn from him! Watch!"

"Loyola Center for Community Service and Justice has invited Dayvon to present at one of the racial justice educational programs. The presentation was very deep and enlightening; many students left the session challenged and would like to discuss about it further. The presentation is not only intellectually invigorating but also life changing."
 
- Chin-Mei (Malia) Maniyatt, Program Coordinator, Communications, Center for Community Service and Justice, Loyola University, Maryland
 
"Dayvon Love is in the top ten of any student I have ever instructed. I have been astonished at his ability to thinking quickly and critically on his feet, something that many people twice his age, cannot do. His breadth of knowledge on public policy issues is simply superb and all of this is balanced with an ability to organize people at the grassroots level."
 
- Raymond A. Winbush, Ph.D. Research Professor, Director Institute for Urban Research Morgan State University
"Dayvon Love has developed into one of the most trusted and insightful spokes persons for the next generation of Baltimore and our nation's leaders.  Not only is his breadth of knowledge great but he is able to communicate effectively to the next generations of leaders and those who think they currently are the leaders."
 
- Philip J. Leaf, Ph.D., Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Adolescent Health Director, Johns Hopkins Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence
Dayvon was great!  The community was truly mesmerized by his talk, and the students always enjoy having dinner with the speakers ahead of time.  Thank you for arranging this.
 
— Pascale Musto, Director of Multicultural & Community Development, Middlesex School, MA 
Speeches
Racism in the US and the Sophistication of White Supremacy
A Framework for Understanding All Social Justice Issues: Many people have framed the discussion of racism as one of many other injustices that plague American society. We will discuss the notion of racism/white supremacy as the central organizing principle that governs the political and libidinal economy in the US. We will investigate the notion of white supremacy as a paradigm that prefigures all of the social, political, and economic struggles in Baltimore.
 
The Implications of Freddie Grey in Baltimore - Police Brutality, Black Lives Matter, and Activism
The issue of police brutality has been making national headlines for the past couple of years, and with the Uprising in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Grey, this session will investigate the various layers of the unrest and its implications on Baltimore.  We will also look more broadly at how Black Lives Matter and the Uprising has changed the landscape around conversations about racial inequality and institutional racism.
 
Whiteness and the Contours of Black Leadership
There are a complex series of factors that contribute to what is called Black Leadership in the United States. This session will look at ways that whites have historically and contemporaneously impeded the progress of effective Black Leadership.
 
White Women and Black Masculinity
Black masculinity has been under attack in the United States since 1619. There is an anxiety about Black manhood that is manifested in the castration of Black men during slavery. We will look at the way that particular depictions of white femininity has been used to justify violence against Black men within activist circles in Baltimore.
 
Black Children and White Adults: The Psycho-Existential Complex
There are many forms of representational violence that are directed at Black youth in Baltimore. Most of the public criticism of the representations of Black youth that make us targets of the criminal justice system are directed at mainstream media. While this criticism is important there are also harmful ways that the non-profit sector represents Black youth that undermines the development of Black led social movements in Baltimore.
 
The Non-Profit Industrial Complex (NIC) in Baltimore
We will look at role of Non-Profit organizations in Baltimore and the role that race and racism play in these dynamics. We will look at the particular ways that specific foundations participate in perpetuating racism in the non-profit world and discuss ways that whites can help to subvert the NIC.
 
Revolutionary Dr Martin Luther King: Beyond Non-Violence
Dayvon will discuss the strands of Black nationalist and anti-colonial struggles against imperialism that emerged in Dr Martin Luther King's evolving political philosophy.
Media
Dayvon Love - Clip from the HBO Documentary, "Baltimore Rising"
TedXMidAtlantic - Fixing police brutality requires building power in local communities
Harvard Law School Panel: Race, Place, and Policing
MSNBC The Melissa Harris Perry Show
The Real News
#BaltimoreUprising The Law Enforcement Bill of Rights
VICE News Program “Emphasis Added”
The Global African Show