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Spotlight: Why the Black American Male Still Matters

Date Published:
Friday, August 1, 2014

The relevance of the American black male in the 21st century offers the impetus for a yearlong series of candid community conversations. The second event, "Where is the Black Male? The Invisible Man on High School and College Campuses", will be held on Thursday, August 21 at 6:00 PM at UNC Charlotte Center City.

The Gantt Center and the UNC Charlotte Center for the Study of the New South are presenting the free series, titled "Real Talk: A Community Conversation – The Black American Male and Why He Still Matters in the 21st Century." The Question Bridge: Black Males transmedia art project, hosted by the Gantt Center, serves as a foundation for the sessions.

"Together, we will explore the unique challenges faced by the black American male – a man who, in many cases, still searches for his authentic self in a society within which he continues to be misunderstood, misinterpreted and misrepresented," said Jeffrey Leak, director of the Center for the Study of the New South. "We welcome all members of the community to join us for what is sure to be opportunities for thoughtful, respectful dialogue."

Panelists for the August 21 event include:

  • Dr. C. P. Gause, Founder and Editor, Journal of Black Masculinity
  • Dr. Arthur Jackson, Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs, UNC Charlotte
  • Dr. Chance Lewis, Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor, Endowed Chair of Urban Education, UNC Charlotte
  • Dr. Roslyn Mickelson, Professor, Department of Sociology, UNC Charlotte
  • Adrian Sundiata, Dean of Students, Crossroads Charter High School

Each event will feature a collection of content experts from academia, the community and the non-profit world. The dates and topics for the subsequent events, all of which are from 6:00 - 8:00 PM are:

  • Thursday, October 30, 2014, Color, Culture and Cash: Realities and Fallacies of Employment and Economic Equity;
  • Monday, January 19, 2015, Heart and Soul: What the Health of the Black American Male Means to the Entire Community;
  • Thursday April 23, 2015, Gone ‘Til November: Why the Judicial System Fails the Black American Male;
  • Thursday May 21, 2015, I Am a Man! Black, Male and Gay.

Please visit the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences' website for more information.