Summit Held to Bring about Change for Young African American Males

By Titus Falodun | 4/4/2014, 11:08 a.m.
“Only four percent of African American high school seniors are college-ready in a wide range of courses,” Morehouse College President ...
Last week’s summit at Morehouse College was the first in a nationwide four-summit tour focused on imspiring African American male students. Photo by Titus Falodun/TheAV.

The academy serves as a a place to help mold young boys into well-equipped young men with the proper social and professional skills to obtain higher education and successful employment.

“For me growing up as a youngster, it was my football coach that kept me in-line and on-track,” he said. “There are so many of our African American young males falling through the cracks, and not having access to the college ranks, because they are not understanding the value of full-access education.”

Using sports as a tool to instill core values into young males is what Carson has done for more than 17 years.

“If you’re not going to get it done academically, you’re not going to get the opportunity to get on the field and compete,” he said about the way he gets his players’ attention on doing well in the classroom.

The summit aids educators, such as Thornton, Carson and others, seeking to reinforce a message of hard work, drive and focus in young African American males.

As Sherrie Dean, executive director of The Admiral Center, a New York City-based nonprofit that works with celebrities on their philanthropic endeavors, told the crowd at Friday’s afternoon panel, the White House’s initiative provides “leverage” to those working in the field, because suddenly foundations and individuals who shied away from assisting African American youths are now seeking to help.

Future summits will be held later in the year in Jackson, Mississippi; Oakland, California; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They also are being held in partnership with Ebony magazine.