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Forum focuses on issues facing African American boys and men
July 19 meeting brings local stakeholders together
Published Saturday, July 14, 2018 4:04 pm
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

A forum geared to address issues facing young black men and their families will be held next week.

Nurture, Sustain and Restore, which targets young African-American men between 12-20 years of age will be held July 19 at Weeping Willow AME Zion Church, 2220 Milton Road. The forum, which starts at 6 p.m., will feature panels of African American men and boys involved in addressing problems that challenge them.

The free event’s theme is nurture, sustain and restore and is open to the public.

“For no black youth who are properly socialized, trained and addressing issues around black manhood, there won’t be black men available,” said Reggie Singleton, a conference participant and director of the Males Place, a mentoring program.

The forum will also feature a youth lead panel comprised of young men who have triumphed over adverse conditions to achieve societal, academic and personal success. In addition to Singleton, panel participants include Mecklenburg District Attorney Spencer Merriweather, Charlotte City Council member Braxton Winston and YMCA Senior Vice President Michael DeVaul. The goal is to help men and boys support initiatives and individuals who build their communities.

“Programs like this occur but even more so important that resources put into these initiatives that support programs like the Male’s Place is a hot topic right now with issues around black youth,” Singleton said, “but I’ve made it my lifelong journey to focus on the nurturing and development of black males.”

From 6-6:30 p.m. there will be a summer opportunity option fair where families can interact with vendors, including the YMCA, Mecklenburg Parks & Recreation, Public Library, and CMS Parent University to get information about programs. From 6:30-8:30 p.m. the program will split into panel discussions.


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