Don’t call it a spy plane

As the new executive director of the Community Support Program, derisively known as the entity that manages “the eye in the sky” or “the spy plane" in Baltimore, I bring a long track record of public service, advocating for progressive causes, and bridge building. The lessons that I’ve learned over the course of my career have often come from seemingly unlikely sources. News of actor Chadwick Boseman’s passing, for example, hit me like a ton of bricks. The roles he played during his far-too-short life — from Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall to baseball great Jackie Robinson — were more than iconic, with enormous cultural significance; they were also sources of enormous pride.