The White House/Morehouse College Black Male Summit I March 28-29, 2014

Morehouse College, The Ray Charles Performing Arts Center
830 Westview Dr. SW, Atlanta, GA 30314, Atlanta, GA

Theme: African American Educational Excellence:  Addressing the Socio-Cultural Factors Impacting the Academic Achievement and Development of African American Males

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All sessions are free, open to the public (unless otherwise noted), and will include question/answers
segments (time permitting)

Friday March 28, 2014


11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Philanthropy and Education Reform Luncheon and Panel Discussion (Invitation Only; not streamed)
Location: Shirley Massey Executive Conference Center

This panel is designed to inspire local foundations and business leaders to consider investment/involvement in improving academic outcomes for Black males in metro-Atlanta.  Panelists will describe the importance of investing in education, education reform, and various programs that target or include Black males. Panelists will describe past and current projects as well as future plans and opportunities. A summary of activities underway by the Morehouse Research Institute will also be provided.


2 – 2:10 p.m. | Welcome         

2:10 – 3:20 p.m. | Panel 1 | My Brother’s Keeper: a candid conversation about the challenges and opportunities facing young men of color                             

3:20 – 3:35 p.m. | Special Presentation: John S. Wilson, President, Morehouse College

3:40 – 4:50 p.m. | Panel 2 | My Brother’s Keeper: Black Male Success in Higher Education                  

In line with President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, this session will highlight research and practice that shed light on the factors that facilitate black males’ success in college. Researchers, practitioners, and students will discuss what family members, professors, college staff, peers, and students themselves can do to develop academic and character preeminence among black male college students.

4:50 – 6 p.m. | Dinner Break

6 – 7:15 p.m. | Panel 3 | Town Hall Meeting: The Costs and Benefits of Education and Education Reform in Metro Atlanta

Panelists will discuss the impact that an effective education system and an educated population can have on key aspects of an urban community, including, but not limited to: 1) workforce development and attracting businesses, 2) crime, incarceration, and recidivism, 3) city/county financial expenses and investments, and 4) political and civic engagement. Ideas regarding improving educational outcomes for all students, but black males in particular, will also be shared.

7:15 – 8:30 p.m. | Panel 4 | My Brother’s Keeper: Community Forum

As President Obama stated, “My Brother’s Keeper” is about helping more of our young people stay on track; providing the support they need to think more broadly about their future; building on what works, when it works, in those critical life-changing moments.  This community forum is designed to highlight what works and what’s needed to support boys and men of color in the Atlanta metropolitan area.

Saturday March 29 2014


9 a.m. | Welcome

9:15 – 9:35 a.m. |  AfAmEdTalk | The State of African American Education Today

9:40 – 10:55 a.m. | Panel 5 | Supporting the Holistic Development of African American Students: Supporting Our Sons

This panel will highlight the importance of investing in the academic, social and emotional development of African American men and boys beginning at birth; including integrated student support services; high quality college and career ready coursework and out-of-school programs and services designed to ensure academic success as well as developmentally appropriate social and emotional growth.

11 – 11:35 a.m. | AfAmEdTalk: Reflections on Pathways to Success | Hosea Chanchez, Actor, The Game;  Wendy Robinson, Actress, The Game   

11:35 – 12:45 p.m. |  Panel 6 | What Does it Mean to Be College And Career Ready in the African American

This panel will explain what it means for African American students to graduate high school college and career ready. Panelists will discuss popular policies and practices impacting African Americans students, schools and communities (including the Common Core, clarifying the relationship between public charter schools and public non-charter schools and the importance of science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics).  Panelists will speak to specific strategies that have demonstrated success in supporting boys and men of color, especially those disconnected from formal systems of education or employment. 

12:45 – 1:45 p.m. | Lunch Break (boxed lunches provided)

1:45 – 2:25 p.m. | AfAmEdTalk: The Costs and Consequences of Gun Violence | Michael Skolnick, Political Director to Russell Simmons & Editor-in-Chief of

2:30 – 3:40 p.m. | Panel 7 | My Brother’s Keeper: Leveraging Research & Community Resources to Support our Sons

This panel will describe programs, policies and practices that result in safe, supportive and successful environments for boys and men of color. Consistent with the President’s remarks during the launch of the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, this panel will underscore the need to support boys and men of color with particular emphasis on pipelines and pathways enhancing the academic and workforce preparedness of African American males.

3:45 – 5 p.m. | Panel 8 | Empowering Parents, Guardians and Caring Adults to Support African American Educational Excellence               

This panel will equip parents, grandparents, guardians and caring adults with the information and resources needed to support and advocate for African American students in the Atlanta Metropolitan area. Panelists will provide tips for building meaningful relationships with educators and school leaders.