Baltimore: The Historical Ramifications of Being Cut-Off

BaltimoreIf you travel up North Mount Street between Laurens Street and Presbury Street you find the Gilmore Homes, now most infamously known as the place where Freddie Gray’s life began to slip away.  I walked up North Mount, not shocked by what I saw, but filled with dismay.  You could not go one street without a burned out home, abandoned property, or empty lot.  Three corner stores represented the only nearby neighborhood

Transportation Equity in the Face of Police Profiling

Keith Benjamin“Are they going to kill me?” 

That’s the question a young Black boy asked me one afternoon when I accidentally bumped into him and his grandmother on West Florissant Avenue, in Ferguson, after Michael Brown’s death.  He was pointing at two officers watching peaceful protestors.  I said, “No, little man, you’ll be ok,” but as I walked away, I wondered if he would be ok, if our country would be ok.

50 Years After Selma, Taking a Stand for Health Equity and the Right to Walk Safely

MLK JrThis month saw the release of the highly anticipated film "Selma." Structured around three protest marches in 1965, the film follows Martin Luther King Jr. and many other civil rights leaders as they risked their lives in three attempts to walk the 54-mile highway from Selma to Alabama state capital Montgomery in defiance of segregation and oppression.

National Active Transportation Diversity Task Force Releases Equity Asset Map

keith benjaminWhen I came to the National Partnership more than a year and a half ago, I was encouraged by our founder Deb Hubsmith to do two things. First, find every way to raise the drum beat of equity in my work, and second, read profusely to gain best practices and tactics to push progress forward. 

Back to Safer Schools: Twitter Town Hall on August 20

As recent incidents in communities across the country highlight, community safety and gun violence affect whether or not families can safely access opportunities for physical activity. As schools all over America reopen their doors, parents and children in many neighborhoods are talking together about balancing physical activity and safety, and the need for communities that support both.

We are talking about this with our partners in a Twitter Town Hall next week #Back2SaferSchools.

Place Matters in Combating Violence

keith benjaminThe July 4th weekend brought all of the flare and celebration that we expect every year; celebrations of freedom and opportunity that ideally we all should have and enjoy. Unfortunately, while many Americans around the country gathered to eat barbeque and watch the fireworks, families and friends in Chicago ran and cried as pops and flashes riddled the city.

Equity through Street Scale Technical Assistance Empowers All Communities

keith benjaminTwo weeks ago, I sat listening intently with 700 other advocates at the National Bike Summit as we were addressed by U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

We Cannot Walk Alone: Reflections on 50 Years Since the March on Washington

Keith Benjamin"We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity."