On the evening of September 18, 2013, I participated in the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 43rd Annual Legislative Conferences’ Community Empowerment Dinner sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. I was honored when requested to participate as a guest panelist focused on education and mentoring.
There were several highlights of the evening, including the introduction of Congressmen and women who were also members of various black Greek organizations, acknowledgments of past general presidents of Alpha Phi Alpha and other guest in attendance.
The evening kicked off with a dinner and discussion. This took place at 19 tables, each with three questions to discuss and facilitated by brothers of the fraternity, myself included. The dinner and dialogue generated great conversations, strategies and ideas to address the school-to-prision pipeline, the educational and achievement gap in our education system and the future of our young black males. This led us right to the panel discussion which started by recapping the robust dinner conversations.
The panel discussion was facilitated by Tv’One’s Roland Martin and featured Congressman Bobby Scott of Virginia, Director Office of Early Learning for the Minnesota Department of Education Melvin Carter III, Activist and Author Kevin Powell, Radio Talk Show Host and Poet Donte Newman and of myself. The conversation from the panelist was powerful. We discussed how to connected with the 21st century student, enhancing our public schools, the affordability of college and keeping our young people in schools and not in prisons.
This was a great evening, I was honored to attend, excited to have my wife and mother join me and engage in the dialogue and it was great to be in the presence of the powerful brotherhood known as Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Check out highlights from the event here