Sally Michel, an understated force who helped make a city.

Sally Michel, an understated force who helped make a city.

Today’s podcast surveys the extraordinary life and legacy of Sally J. Michel, one of the greatest champions of Baltimore’s children and Baltimore’s environment.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of the Special Olympics

Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of the Special Olympics

Eunice Kennedy Shriver opened the first Special Olympics game just seven weeks after her brother Robert Kennedy was assassinated in 1968. Today, by one estimate, more than three million Special Olympic athletes from all 50 states and 181 countries around the world take part in year-round training for the games.

Bea Gaddy, Baltimore’s “Mother Theresa”

Bea Gaddy, Baltimore’s “Mother Theresa”

Bea Gaddy was one of Maryland’s most inspirational heroes and surely the greatest champion and protector of the state’s hungry. She is perhaps best remembered today for hosting free Thanksgiving dinners for the poor of Baltimore City.

Sara Whitehurst, insuring women’s place in the jury box

Sara Whitehurst, insuring women’s place in the jury box

When women finally secured the right to vote in 1920, they did not receive a responsibility we now commonly associate with being registered to vote, and that is jury duty. Sara Whitehurst helped change that.

Dr. Liebe Sokol Diamond, leading pediatric surgeon

Dr. Liebe Sokol Diamond, leading pediatric surgeon

What does it take to be nationally renowned surgeon? A really big brain seems essential, and Dr. Liebe Sokol Diamond certainly had that. An unwavering devotion to caring for others is also critical, and she had that, too, seemingly in limitless supply.

Sarah Hemminger: A Sense of Belonging

Sarah Hemminger: A Sense of Belonging

Sarah Hemminger is the founder of Thread, an organization that takes struggling students in the city’s public school system and builds volunteer families around them.

Judge Diana Motz: The Rare Woman in the Courtroom

Judge Diana Motz: The Rare Woman in the Courtroom

Judge Diana Motz, first Maryland woman appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit,  believes that her experiences as the rare woman in the classroom and court have benefitted her as a judge.

Jean Baker: Telling Women’s Stories

Jean Baker: Telling Women’s Stories

Source: Enoch Pratt Free Library Historian and Goucher College professor Jean Baker played a particularly important role in making a place for women in public eye. The women’s movement made her see that the crux of history didn’t have to be kings and male prime ministers. Women and minorities have important stories to tell.

Justice Fighter: Juanita Jackson Mitchell

Justice Fighter: Juanita Jackson Mitchell

Throughout her distinguished life and career, Juanita Jackson Mitchell fought for justice wherever she found injustice, drawing on a seemingly inexhaustible supply of energy, intellect, and determination to make our world a more just and equitable place for all.