2018 Team


Dayvon Love

Baltimore, MD

  • 2017
  • Debate Trainer
Dayvon Love is a Baltimore-based political organizer and the Director of Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle (LDS), a grassroots think-tank that advances the public policy interests of Black people. He is featured in the new HBO documentary, “Baltimore Rising.” The film documents both his youth education work around public policy as well as his legislative work around police reform.
Love has been sharpening his oratory style and political thinking for more than a decade. While at Forest Park High School, he discovered the world of policy debate. Love was so skilled at debate, it earned him a scholarship to college. He then gained national attention when he and fellow debater, Deven Cooper, won the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) National Championship – the first time in history that an all Black debate team won the tournament.
In 2010, Love co-founded Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle (LBS), one of many organizations that successfully pressured the state of Maryland to disband its plans to build a juvenile jail downtown. LBS has also led successful legislative efforts to increase civilian oversight of law enforcement in Maryland and was a key force in fighting to get bail reform in Maryland and facing off with the bail bond industry that opposed reforms.
Love is the co-author of The Black Book: Reflections from the Baltimore Grassroots, a collection of essays that describe important issues facing grassroots activists and organizers. It was designed to be a crucial resource and a call to action for those who are genuinely interested in advancing racial justice in our society.