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[Source: DefenderNetwork.com] With the theme “Smart’n Up!” Deric Muhammad prepares to kick off the annual Black Male Summit on Saturday, May 21 at the Shrine of the Black Madonna, 5309 MLK Blvd from 12:30 pm to 5 pm.
The free event focuses on education, survival and success for young men and Muhammad explains why another Black summit is important.
“There has been an alarming uptick in murders among young Black males in Southeast Houston. Part of this area has been “crowned” the second most dangerous neighborhood in America. The Harris County District Attorney has executed a “gang injunction” that initially aimed at banning 94 Black males from the Southlawn area for the remainder of their lives. For these reasons, we’ve decided to host the summit in the Southeast area, “ stated Muhammad.
“ Those of us who have solutions cannot be afraid to go where the problem is. The primary goals of this year’s summit are to inspire each attendee to create a concrete plan for the future. If you are a Black male in America without a plan then you have a problem. We want to emphasize the importance of ownership and job creation and inspire digital entrepreneurs. Our young people must use social media to “make money; not mischief,” added Muhammad.
The summit program includes digital entrepreneurship; Stop the Violence (conflict resolution), developing a P.L.A.N. and a new drone exhibition promoting opportunities in the aviation industry. Scheduled speakers are Pastor E.A. Deckard, Motivational Speaker Karl “King Motivator” Mayes, Reginald Gordon, Philip Scott and Deric Muhammad.
Muhammad said he wants the summit to “inspire young men to accept the responsibility of greatness while providing for them the resources by which it can be obtained.”