Welcome!


The Black Butterfly Academy offers mini courses on a sliding scale. Courses are designed to empower residents, learners, teachers, community organizers, nonprofits, policymakers, and organizations.


The Black Butterfly Academy combines data, storytelling, maps, and art to deliver complex material in a digestible format. The academy is animated by the belief that the most powerful way to make Black Lives matter is to ensure Black neighborhoods matter!


Hello, I’m Dr. Lawrence Brown!



From 2010 to 2019, I served at Morgan State University in the School of Community Health and Policy as a professor. I've been a featured expert in the documentary Owned: A Tale of Two Americas discussing urban policy and in BET's Finding Justice discussing toxic lead exposure. In June 2018, I was honored by OSI Baltimore with the Bold Thinker award for sparking critical discourse regarding Baltimore Apartheid. My first book The Black Butterfly: The Harmful Politics of Race and Space in America was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in January 2021.

I'm currently a community research scientist with the new Center for Urban Health Equity at Morgan State University where I'm leading the Black Butterfly Rising Initiative. You can find more resources at my website The Black Butterfly Project!