Pamela Grayson-Baltimore, 2019 MLK Freedom Medal Winner

Ms. Pamela Grayson-Baltimore is the founder and executive director of the I Dare To Care Association (ID2C) in Camden, New Jersey and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She established ID2C in April 2008, guided by the philosophy that “It Does Matter!” ID2C exposes youth and adults to accomplished individuals, who assist participants in creating and sustaining healthy relationships through experience and exposure. In 2018, ID2C collaborated with Dare Academy and Girls Inc. Dare Academy was formed to be a resource to restore the City of Camden. It is a campus atmosphere with a plethora of programs that aim to heal, excite, prepare, and educate  youth and the community. Girls Inc. is a United States 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that encourages all girls to be “Strong, Smart, and Bold” through direct service and advocacy.

Ms. Grayson- Baltimore was born and raised in Camden, New Jersey. She attended Rutgers University and holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master Degree in Social Work, and is a licensed clinical social worker. She has over 20 years of experience in social work, and is currently employed by the State of New Jersey as an attorney assistant in the Public Defender’s Office in Camden, New Jersey. A two-time breast cancer survivor, Ms. Grayson-Baltimore is determined to help others recognize the power of their voices and the value of their lives through mentoring. She is the recipient of many awards; most recently the 2018 Tri County National Council of Negro Women “Community Service Leader Award.” Ms. Grayson-Baltimore is a member of the local NAACP and The New Jersey Garden City Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. She is also very active in her local community and in her church. Her greatest reward is being the mother of three wonderful children; Sebastian, Jasmine, and Abriya.