Alex Long

Alex Long is one of Mr. C’s many “sons,” not by birth but by choosing. Alex has long been a product of the Baltimore streets. His father was in prison by the time Alex was six, and he was shuttled into foster care by the time he was eight. Alex found a home at Rose Street, and helps Mr. C with his homegrown programs including neighborhood trash collection, gang mediation and his own brand of de-escalation training. And though Alex formalizes his role as a neighborhood peacekeeper by joining Safe Streets, the Baltimore equivalent of the better-known Chicago Interrupters, we learn this cannot protect him from the violence engulfing Baltimore.

Bryce Kirchoff