Saving Our Boys and Black Male Development will host the 2012 Black Male Development Symposium at Arcadia University, 450 S. Easton Road in Glenside, Saturday, May 12, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM consisting of workshops and panel discussions led by noted journalists, activists, educators, community leaders, and business executives, speaking on the plight of young African American males.
This year’s theme, “Reclaiming Our S.W.A.G. (Soulful Wisdom and Genius) – A Life Guide Symposium for African- American Males”, will address how Black males present themselves to the world and how they can best handle adverse situations with intelligence, style and grace. The Black Male Development Symposium will provide techniques and strategies to help our Black men and boys acquire the skills and knowledge to help them get ahead.
Over the course of eight hours, between Barber Shop Talk with author Michael Coard and entrepreneur Bruce Burton, and with Navarrow Wright of Interactive One/TV One, the BMDS will provide practical solutions to these men, and not just a forum for pontification or “drive-by conversation.”
Boasting 30+ speakers, this year’s featured lineup includes author/journalist Solomon Jones on how to use writing as a tool to identify, address and overcome race issues; Reuben Jones of Frontline Dads discussing self-empowerment through personal transformation; former NFL player Kevin L. Ross on setting goals that will lead to an identity beyond just sports; Bilal Quayyum, president of the Father’s Day Rally Committee, speaking on the 2012 Live and Let Live Campaign – focused on eradicating the culture of violence; and relationship coach Rick Butler speaking on love, sex and dating.
Year after year, the Black Male Development Symposium becomes a place for transformative action and communication where men can share intellectual, emotional, spiritual, and cultural opportunities for growth and development that will improve the quality of life for African American males, their families and their communities.