Lawrence Bell is an activist, public speaker, radio and TV personality, and author residing in Baltimore, Maryland. A passionate professional, Lawrence has built each facet of his diverse career on one common goal: to inspire positive change in Baltimore and beyond.
Mr. Bell began his career in local government soon after he graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.A. in Government and Politics. He became a Councilman for Baltimore City Council, during which time he chaired numerous committees and quickly distinguished himself with his stance on rampant crime and drug problems in the area. Mr. Bell worked to raise awareness of these issues in the inner city and find solutions to reduce their prevalence. In 1993 he was named by Baltimore Magazine as “Baltimore’s Best City Councilman.”
In 1995 Lawrence Bell was elected President of the Baltimore City Council. He continued to strive for lower crime and drug rates while also making other major decisions concerning the city. From planning local redevelopments to closing millions in projected fiscal deficits to passing diversity laws in regards to health care providers, Mr. Bell worked tirelessly to create a more inclusive and financially stable city for all. One of his most notable accomplishments was convening Baltimore’s first African-American Economic Summit in 1998. He held this role for four years.
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Years in the Baltimore City Council
Mr. Bell’s record with the Baltimore City Council spanned 12 years total. He immersed himself in the city and represented it to sister cities, public forums, business interests and more. However, he also sought out another outlet where he could share his insights: radio. During his time on the Council Mr. Bell hosted two local radio shows of his own.
After his tenure in City Hall Mr. Bell decided to pursue radio and media further. He earned a Certificate for Television Production in 2000 and, that same year, he served as political analyst and fill-in host of “PowerPoint,” the first nationally syndicated African-American public affairs program on National Public Radio based in Atlanta, GA.
Later, Mr. Bell hosted his own local morning show, The Lawrence Bell Show on WAOK Radio. It became the #1 Black radio talk program in Atlanta, GA mornings 6 am to 10 am.
Today Mr. Bell remains dedicated to community activism in Baltimore. He has been interviewed and has penned original pieces of his own regarding some of the most important issues that define the city today: crime, drug use, tense race relations, gentrification (and its ramifications), local employment, and more. He is currently writing a motivational book and recently launched the National Black Anti-Defamation League, a new non-profit organization addressing the civil rights issues facing African-Americans.
In addition to the National Black Anti-Defamation League, Lawrence Bell is affiliated with Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity, Inc. (Baltimore Alumnae Chapter), NAACP (Life Member), Southern Christian Leadership Conference (Life Member), and TransAfrica Forum (Life Member). He is a board member emeritus of numerous organizations spanning law, education, the arts, community programs, and more. He has earned awards and accolades for his community service and leadership.