The second in a yearlong series of candid community conversations on the relevance of the American black male in the 21st century will focus on Where is the Black Male? The Invisible Man on High School and College Campuses. The event is scheduled for Thursday, August 21 at 6 p.m. at UNC Charlotte Center City.
UNC Charlotte’s Center for the Study of the New South in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences is 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 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 at UNC Charlotte. “We welcome all members of the community to join us for what is sure to be opportunities for thoughtful, respectful dialogue.”
The panel for the August 21 event is:
Each event will feature a collection of content experts from academia, the community and the non-profit world. All events will be held at UNC Charlotte Center City, 320 E. Ninth Street Charlotte. The events are from 6 to 8 p.m. In addition to the August event, the dates and topics for the conversations are:
RSVPs are on a first-come, first-served basis to email@example.com or 704-687-0085. When RSVPing, please include which event you plan to attend, the number and names of the attendees and contact information. To join the conversation via social media during and following the gatherings: #whydoesHEstillmatter?
The Question Bridge: Black Males project considers a series of thought-provoking questions that guide a transmedia discussion of perceived obstacles confronted by black males in the United States. The exhibition provides unfiltered insight into the perspectives of African American males across varying geographic, economic, generational, educational, and social divides. Originating in 1996, this project sought to utilize new media to incite meaningful discourse regarding San Diego’s African American community. The first event of the series, which was held May 22, 2014, focused on Family Matters: What Does the Future Hold for the Black Male and His Family?
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