Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

Black Male Development Symposium 2008

Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

Black Male Development Symposium 2008

Article excerpt

The 5th Annual Black Male Development Symposium will be held at Arcadia University, Saturday, May 10, 2008 titled Stand Up, Speak Up, Speak Out: Conversations with Real Men. Over the last four years the event has been attended by over 4000 young men, families and professionals. The Symposium was created to address the life threatening issues facing Black males and their families. Over the last four years Philadelphia has had to deal with the deaths of too many young African American males. The role call has become too long and too painful. Young men like college-bound Quaid Staten, who was killed during a holdup by an all too familiar profile - a young, lost Black man. The tragedy of the crossfire shooting death of 10- year-old Faheem Thomas-Childs and second grader Jarren both encountering violence at the very place we would think them safe - the school yard. The senseless murder of Terrell Pough, the devoted single father profiled in People Magazine or the vicious beating of thirteen year old Jacob Gray. There is s sad and inescapable truth - Black males live at great risk and they and their families and communities must learn strategies of survival and empowerment. The Symposium provides a forum for practical solutions by providing informative presenters and interactive workshops to assist attendees in developing realistic strategies and concrete recommendations that they can put into practice in their respective communities. …

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