Genard “Shadow” Barr is an activist and community leader who works as an addiction recovery specialist at the Penn North Recovery Center in Baltimore. He is featured in the documentary Baltimore Rising, directed by Sonja Sohn and available on HBO. During the tense time surrounding the death of Freddie Gray through the trials of the police officers involved and up to the present, Barr has worked tirelessly to bridge the gap between police and the community. Barr has a nuanced understanding of the burdens that young black people in Baltimore carry and is an advocate who speaks truth to power.
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