Educators and officials will spend half a day Saturday talking about college prospects for African American males at a forum based on President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative.
Ivory Toldson, a White House staffer who works on the Historically Black Colleges and Universities initiative, will speak at the session on “plotting the path through HBCUs for African American males.” Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-Guilford), Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Ann Clark, Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter and Chance Lewis of UNC Charlotte’s Urban Education Collaborative are also slated to be panelists.
Obama created the initiative last year to make sure black males, who often fall behind on academics and job prospects, get mentors and other support. Issues include school readiness, reading skills, high school graduation, college and work prospects and protection from violence.
The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 3400 Beatties Ford Road. North Carolina affiliates of the National Alliance of Black School Educators are sponsors.