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The Reformed Kingpin That Inspired ‘The Wire’

Melvin Williams was the basis of a main antagonist of the show

Melvin Williams in “The Wire” — HBO

“This isn’t a war against drugs. This is a war against Black folks.” — Melvin Williams, “The Heroin King of Baltimore”

One of my favorite minor characters in The Wire, my favorite show ever, was the Deacon. He was incredibly insightful and devoted himself to…

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Ryan Fan

Ryan Fan

Believer, Baltimore City IEP Chair, and 2:39 marathon runner. Diehard fan of “The Wire.” Support me by becoming a Medium member: https://bit.ly/39Cybb8