Raising Kings Weekend

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Free conference to foster positive images and expectations of men and boys of color in a society that says Black males will end up one of two places by the age of 25…

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WILMINGTON, DE – Honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., One Village Alliance, Brandywine School District, United Health Care and the United Way of Delaware present Raising KINGS Weekend 2016 at the historic P. S. duPont Middle School on Saturday, January 16, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Doors open at 9:00 a.m.)


As we approach the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and look at where we are today as an American society, it’s clear that a mere social gathering is not enough. It’s time to do something; to live the legacy of Dr. King and to raise the next generation of “King” leadership. Disproportionately high recurrent violence, traumatic stress, substance use and undiagnosed mental health issues among African American males continue to devastate entire families across the United States. Recently dubbed “Murdertown, USA”, Wilmington Delaware is no exception, reporting some of the highest disparities per capita in the nation.

This Saturday, 400 men and boys as well as attendees from the broader community will participate in an interactive day that includes engaging workshops, speakers, performances and an authors pavilion. Men and boys will pair up to compete in a Basketball Shootout for $300 in prize money!

Guests/Speakers include:
  • Poets laureate Nnamdi Chukwuocha and Albert Mills
  • 14 yr. old National Figure Skater, Emmanuel Savary
  • 16 yr. old Chess Champion, Johnny Means
  • Professor David C. Wilson, Ph.D.
  • Judge William L. Chapman, Jr.
  • Police Chief Bobby Cummings
  • Civil Rights Attorney Jeremy Collins
  • Dr. Kim Allen and Billy Allen

The conference is free; however, participants must register.

For full schedule and information, visit http://www.iamthevillage.org or call 855-YOUTH-ED

Raising KINGS is a collaborative commitment to change the prominent image and expectations of African American males by elevating the level of positive male engagement in the lives of boys. The symposium highlights positive Black male images and role models of all age, academic and career backgrounds and continues with a year-round series of evidence based curriculum activities in area schools and community sites.

One Village Alliance (OVA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded with the assertion that it truly does take a whole village to raise a child, raise a family and raise a community. Our mission is to uplift children and their families on a holistic journey toward excellence through education, entrepreneurship and the arts.

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Raising Kings Press Release PSA 2016

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