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MAHONING VALLEY Black Men's Summit to feature speakers and awards ceremony



Published: Thu, July 7, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



There is an awards ceremony and family banquet.

WARREN -- Black communities of Youngstown and Warren will join for a Black Men's Summit at Kent State University Trumbull Campus, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.

Registration starts at 8:30 at the campus, 4314 Mahoning Ave. Able-bodied black men 18 years and older are asked to attend; seating is limited so call (330) 393-3044 to pre-register.

Event sponsors are the Warren Urban Minority Alcohol and Drug Abuse Outreach Program, the Black Men Collective and the Buckeye Review.

Topics include Revolutionary Education and Economics, Family Dynamics and Your Role, Countering the Marketing of Sex, Drugs, Violence and Addictions, Health Issues, Redefining the Black Church, and What to Do if You're Driving While Black.

Speakers include physicians, police and educators.

Banquet proceedings

That evening is a Black Men's Community and Family Banquet, starting at 6 p.m. at St. Demetrious Banquet Center, 3223 Atlantic St. N.E. Tickets are $20. To pre-register and order tickets, also call (330) 393-3044.

There will be an award ceremony for local advocates and families at 7 p.m. and a keynote address at 8 p.m.

The speakers are Alfred "Coach" Powell, Sgt. DeLacy Davis and Tyrone Powers.

Organizers hope to make both events annual happenings. The banquet theme is "Recovery and Restoration: Reclaiming Our Families, Schools and Churches."

Powell is known as "the Dean of Street Psychology." An author, he's adjunct clinical associate professor for the School of Social Welfare Health Sciences, State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Davis is founder of Black Cops Against Brutality. He's a 19-year veteran officer with the East Orange Police Department in New Jersey. He has spoken before the Congressional Black Caucus hearings on police practices and civil rights.

Powers is director of the Institute for Criminal Justice, Legal Studies and Public Service at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Md. He hosts a news radio show "The Powers Report" and wrote the best seller "Eyes to My Soul." His lecture topics have included urban America, crime and law enforcement, racial profiling, police training and racism.




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