Alex Long has long been a product of the Baltimore streets. His father was in prison by the time he was six, and he was shuttled into foster care by the time he was eight. Long found a home at Rose Street Community Center and helps the owner, Clayton “Mr. C” Guyton, with his homegrown programs including neighborhood trash collection, gang mediation and his own brand of de-escalation training. He has formalized his role as a neighborhood peacekeeper by joining Safe Streets, the Baltimore equivalent of the better-known Chicago Interrupters.
Long is a featured subject of the documentary Charm City (dir. Marilyn Ness).