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The Rev. Al Sharpton visited Baltimore on Monday to seek support for a plan to develop a new arts district in the city to honor Africa- American cultural achievements. WOLB1010 AM radio show host Larry Young said that has been trying to make things happen for the past 25 yrs.

A proposal by the African-Amercian Arts Cultural & Entertainment Consortium is just in its preliminary stages but Rev. Sharpton hopes that support from the community and local leaders could boost excitement about the project.

“This is not just an investment in the business community, its an investment in social order”, Sharpton expressed to the crowd. For footage of Rev. Sharpton speaking at the War Memorial Building, click here.

Rev. Sharpton also attended a town hall meeting, hosted by 92Q’s Konan, at The Velvet Rope last evening to discuss the future of Baltimore’s nightlife. Local club owners, promoters and club attendees came out in support of recent backlash from City officials regarding violence and riots within African-American clubs. Threats of closing down several clubs have been made public while opposition from political entities have been strong from the other side.