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African American Male Wellness run is community event

Published: Fri, July 11, 2014 @ 9:55 p.m.


The second annual African American Male Wellness 5K Walk/Run on Aug. 2 is for everybody in the Mahoning Valley.

“Don’t get distracted by the name,” said the Rev. Lewis Macklin, event chairman.

The event also has three honorary chairmen: McDonald Village Mayor Glenn Holmes, Warren Mayor Douglas Franklin, and former Youngstown mayor Jay Williams.

The focus is on black men, who are disproportionately affected by diabetes, prostate cancer, heart disease and other health issues, but the whole community, men and women, black and white, is invited to participate, the Rev. Mr. Macklin said.

The event begins at 9 a.m. at the Covelli Centre, 229 E. Front St., preceded by free health screenings for the entire family starting at 7 a.m. Also before the walk/run, there will be entertainment and a warm-up, Mr. Macklin said.

Read more about the event in Saturday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.


1jfgiancola(157 comments)posted 2 months, 1 week ago

“Don’t get distracted by the name,” Are you serious? If there was an event named "Caucasian Male Wellness 5K Walk/Run" there'd be so many complaints of racism that the event would be forced to change name or cancel. I guess racism is tolerated if it's against non-whites.

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2nupanther(24 comments)posted 2 months, 1 week ago

I'm so sick and tired of people crying racism when any event is held with the word black or African American. It was clearly spelled out that black men are disproportionately affected by diabetes, heart disease, etc and that's why the name. This is no different than gay pride marches (not against straights), women take back the night ( not men bashing) or any ethnic festival (Italian fest, Greek fest, etc)

I think the problem is that SOME whites hear " black" and think of a racial group trying to keep whites away. These people should think ethnic group trying to instill pride (just like the groups I mentioned the first paragraph

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3MLC75(529 comments)posted 2 months, 1 week ago

People will find anything to complain about,that shows their lack of respect,toward one another.

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