Black Male Development Symposium

Posted by on April 21, 2014

The Black Male Development Symposium Committee invites you to join us for our 8th Annual Symposium on Saturday, May 10, 2014 on the campus of Arcadia University, 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, PA from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.  We guarantee this day will be a life-changing experience for attendees as they strive to examine, explore, dissect, articulate and most importantly develop strategies that will eradicate the inter-generational challenges experiences by young and older Black males alike.  The 2014 BMDS will present over 50 workshops targeted at Middle and high school students, college students, parents, teachers, counselors, practitioners and anyone who is working, living and loving our Black males.  The sessions will be presented by individuals, programs, groups and organizations selected through a national call for papers process.

Some of the presenters/workshops include:  Health guru Glenn Ellis, Violence as a Public Health Problem: Social Determinants of Health Disparities for African American Males, educator Dr. Malcolm Bonner – Be the Father of Your Child’s Dreams, author Ronald Crawford-Hip Hop Therapies , CEO Kenneth Johnson – will show us the Millennials Job Search 2.0, David Miller of the Dare to Be King Project will assist Single Mothers in the workshop – Raising Boys in a Toxic Society, Nationally Syndicated cartoonist Jerry Craft will assist young men in creating their own comic book characters and then use them to tell their own story, and Cheltenham native Brandon Bing, who played with the XL VI Super Bowl Champs the New York Giants will take students and adults through the Pros-Drills to see if they have the right stuff; national Poet Greg Corbin will present his one man show “Building a Breath: Building a New Man” which asks the question-How does the world view you as a Black man.

The 2014 Symposium will offer a Middle School Institute that is aligned with the needs of 6th-8th grade students, a Parent Institute, “Parent Advocacy 101, designed to provide parents and caregivers with resources/strategies to help engage their children in homework completion, staying safe on the Internet, positive ways to improve behavior, preparing them for the next level of school and how they, as parents, can become their child’s major cheerleader and advocate.  The Symposium will be bringing back their newest addition BarberShop Talk which features Real Talk and Real conversation among Black males in the tradition of that sacred space of the BarberShop.  So pull up a chair and join Activist Attorney Michael Coard, Community Leader Bilaq Quayyum, the Executive Director of Big Brother Big Sisters Southeastern Pa , Marcus Allen, Philadelphia student Issac Patterson, with our moderator David Miller of the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (President Obama’s initiative and that BMDS is a community partner) as they engage in vibrant discussion on the state of Black Males in our community and how we go beyond talk and move to action.  This session will be broadcast live by WURD Radio.

The Symposium invites you to join us at our annual reception at the African American Museum of Philadelphia to celebrate with our sponsors and Philly’s First Lady of Jazz Sherry Wilson Butler on Friday, May 2nd from 6PM-9PM.  The cost for this wonderful night is $15 (Here is the link)

BarberShop will discuss this year’s conference theme, “Black Men Turn Up: Moving Dreams to Plans, Visions to Reality and Communities to Action” and will address how our community of black men, inter-generationally, can assist one another in thinking and re-evaluating where they are as men, co-workers, lovers, husbands, fathers, brothers, and sons in a health and developmental manner (Madhubuti, 2004).  In honor of our first moderator, E. Steven Collins, we will be unveiling the new name …E’s BarberShop Talk.

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