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Junior De'Von Brown Highlighted for Achievements Post "Boys of Baraka"

Baltimore Sun, Washington Post Feature Brown's Successes

Posted 07.28.10 by mica communications

Devon Brown '12

De'Von Brown, a junior video and film arts major, has been the subject of articles recently published on the front page of the Baltimore Sun and in the Washington Post based on his success coming out of the Baraka School.

The Boys of Baraka, as they were known, were a group of disadvantaged Baltimore youth sent to a school in Kenya for two years of middle school to try and escape the hardships of life in Charm City. After attending Baraka School, Brown went on to graduate from the Academy for College and Career Exploration in Hampden, where he was also the student class president.

The July 24 Baltimore Sun article by Jessica Anderson, A mixed legacy, highlighted Brown's successes while showing it was a mixed bag for some participants. The Washington Post article, After Africa, some Baltimore youths soar while others struggle, followed a couple days later.

"I think seeing the world is important to the development of a person," he told the Sun, adding that while the school deserves credit for changing his life, he is confident he would have been successful even if he had not attended the program.

The Boys of Baraka, a documentary made about the program, offered Brown the opportunity to make contacts in the industry as well as meet Maryland first lady Katie O'Malley, who helped him reach out to young offenders. "A lot of times, people in the city get caught up in" their circumstances, he said to the Sun. "I try to inspire them to be better."

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 52 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.