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Spotlight: Why the Black American Male Still Matters

Date Published:
Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The relevance of the American black male in the 21st century offers the impetus for a yearlong series of candid community conversations. The fourth event, "Heart and Soul: What the Health of the Black American Male Means to the Entire Community", will be held on Monday, January 19 at 6:30 PM at UNC Charlotte Center City.

"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 event include:

  • Lyndon Abrams, Associate Professor, Department of Counseling, UNC Charlotte
  • Dr. Robert Jones, Medical Director, Student Health Center, UNC Charlotte
  • Antwan Alexander, UNC Charlotte ‘14, UNC Chapel Hill Law Student
  • Dr. Yele Aluko, Senior Vice President, Novant Heart and Vascular Services, and Medical Director, Novant Health Heart and Vascular Institute
  • Amadou Shakur, Founder and Director of the Center for the African Diaspora

The dates and topics for the subsequent events, all of which are from 6:00 - 8:00 PM are:

  • 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.

Led by the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences' Center for the Study of the New South, this event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are requested online or by calling 704-687-6188 by January 12.