• May 21st | Arcadia University | 8 PM

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    Dinner, Drinks, Dancing, Raffles and Silent Auction!

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  • May 21st | Arcadia University | 8 PM

    It's ok to give into
    Once in a while

    Old School Bop Party & Old Friends...What could be better?

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  • May 21, 2016 | Arcadia University | 8 PM - 1 AM

    Twist The Night Away

    Bring your favorite someone and dance the night away!

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BMDS Dance Party Featuring Hits From The

60's, 70's, 80's & Today!

A Decade of Supreme Success

We are happy to announce the 10th Annual Intergenerational Black Male Development Symposium (BMDS) Saturday, May 13, 2017. The mission of BMDS is to provide a forum that presents practical strategies, techniques and solutions through the presentation of interactive workshops, presenters, best practices and resources that assist attendees in developing realistic models and concrete recommendations they can put into practice in their respective communities. Over the last 10 
years BMDS has served over 7,000 attendees and has become nationally know as a place for transformative action and communication where young men and their older counterparts, along with women, can share intellectual, emotional, spiritual and cultural opportunities for growth and development that will improve the quality for life for

Black males, their families and their communities. Join us for the BMDS Downtown Motown Fundraising Gala as we “Celebrate a Decade of Supreme Success” Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 8pm to 1am at  Arcadia University, Glenside, PA, in the Commons Great Room. This is a great opportunity for you to lend your support for the BMDS 2017 by participating in our Motown Sponsorship Circle. Your donation will assist in covering the following cost:  conference breakfast/luncheon, t-shirts, conference bags, and authors’ books. Additionally, your donation will help provide scholarships to support students who desire to attend the symposium but cannot afford the fee. If you/your corporation, institution or organization is interested in sponsoring any of these items, please complete the sponsorship form below.

The sponsorship deadline is Monday, May 16, 2016.
  Please email an electronic copy of your logo to PDF or JPEG format to info@blackmaledevelopment.com.  

Make all checks payable to Black Male Development  Symposium. Downtown Motown ticket information can be obtained at gala@blackmaledevelopment.com.  

Please mail your check to:
Dr. Doreen Loury, BMDS 2017, Arcadia University, 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038.




The problems facing today’s Black males are multiple, deeply rooted and exceedingly complex. Indeed, these problems have become major obstacles, which are dramatically disrupting the normal socialization of Black males and cause a disproportionate number of them to face a future that is indisputably bleak.

In this regard, young Black males are significantly over-represented in the juvenile justice  system, involved in selling drugs, active in street gangs and exhibiting behaviors that violate traditional Black values. As a result, the media, of every pervasion, exploits Black male images that are provocative, exaggerated, distorted and racially biased. Many young Black males are being stigmatized as incorrigible, hostile, dangerous and as society’s newest socialized lexicon-super predators. Indeed, many are being programmed for failure and the script for their future has already been written.


The 10th Annual BMDS Symposium, will be held May 13, 2017on the campus of Arcadia University, 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, PA from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. This day will be a life-changing experience for attendees as they strive to examine, explore, dissect, articulate and most importantly develop strategies that will irradicate the inter-generational challenges experienced by young and older Black males alike.

(Video by Stephen Tyson)


Real Dialogues for Real Results Series!
Conversations that matter to the lives of Black Males!
Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

Featured Real Dialogues Event

This day-long event is being organized by the Keystone Chapters of The Links, Incorporated in partnership with the Black Male Development Symposium hosted at Arcadia University. Our nation has been gripped by the seemingly incessant reports of Black and other disenfranchised men and women of color being violently beaten or killed in the name of justice. Because of this constant barrage, you may be wondering how to effectively deal with these often tragic incidents. The Symposium will be the beginning of this dialogue and action-oriented movement to make sure Black Lives Matter in the community in which you live.
Letters to Trayvon

Letters to Trayvon

Featured Real Dialogues Event

A social media campaign designed to flood the internet with positive images of Black men and boys, articles, quotes, poetry, and music that speaks to the challenges and triumphs of Black men and boys.

Begins Thursday, February 26, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. (the time Trayvon was pronounced dead), via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The campaign ends Saturday, February 28, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.

LETTERS TO OUR BROTHERS Letters to Our Brothers is a citywide letter writing contest for high school students. Students in grades 9-12 will write letters expressing how they felt when they heard about the death of Trayvon Martin. Three letters will be chosen and the winners will read their letter at the 2015 exhibition program.

LETTERS TO TRAYVON On Saturday, February 28, 2015, there will be an art exhibit and a discussion with Tracy Martin, Trayvon’s father at Arcadia University, 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038. This event will feature the Letters to Trayvon Exhibit, community leaders, special guests, a display the work of black male visual artists, and the photographic exhibit by Denise Allen,“By the Content of My Character: Portraits of Young African American Men” – which represents young African American men in a positive light.
Mothers on a Mission

Mothers on a Mission

Featured Real Dialogues Event

Arcadia University will play host to a powerful panel discussion that will be lead by three dynamic women . ‘Mothers On a Mission: Raising a Young Black Man in America’ is coming to the Glenside, PA campus on Saturday October 24, 2015.

The discussion will be moderated by Patty Jackson of WDAS-FM (105.3) and lead by Cheryl ‘Coko’ Clemons, Aja Graydon Dantzler, and Ursula Rucker along with their pre-teen and young adult sons. The panel, which will begin at 2:30 P.M., will touch on a myriad of topics including education, police brutality, violence and mental health.

Coko Clemons is one third of the iconic R&B singing group SWV. Recently she and her band mates Taj George and Leleee Lyons were nominated for a Grammy for a re-make of the Patti LaBelle classic, ‘If Only You Knew’. Clemons lives in Virginia Beach with her husband Mike and 12-year-old son Jalen who will participate in the panel discussion as well.

Aja Dantzler is a one half of the R&B group Kindred the Family Soul with her husband Fatin. The mother of six maintains a high profile as a traveling singer while also finding the time to wear her activist hat. She is passionate about a number of topics with quality public education being at the top of her list. Dantzler will be joined by her son 16-year-old son Aquil who is a sophomore at Boys Latin Charter High School.

Philadelphia native Ursula Rucker is a world renowned poet, recording artist and activist who continues to use her voice to shine light on the topics that will be discussed. The creative force is a mother of three boys, of which 20-year-old Sudan will be onstage alongside her.

The afternoon event will be kicked off by a heartwarming musical tribute to mothers by Philadelphia singers Tanqueray Hayward and Julian King.


  • 450 S. Easton Road
    Glenside, PA 19038

  • May 21, 2016
    08:00 am - 1:00am

  • 250 Tickets Available
    Order Your Tickets Today!

  • 8:00 PM


    Welcome Reception
  • 8:30 PM



    Dr. Doreen Loury, Founder/Executive Director

    *Silent Auction - 8:30 PM - 11:00 PM

  • 9:00 PM



    Thomas Butler

  • 9:30 PM



    Live Music by Sherry Wilson Butler

    On the Wheels of Steel - Philly's Own - DKB Productions

  • 12 AM


    Silent Auction Winners Announcement
  • 12:15


    Dancing Continues - Bop till you drop!

Support our sponsors! They help us reach more people with this empowering message! 





Online Event Registration Form

The Supremes ($1000)

Large banner with co-branding of “Proud Supporter of the BMDS”
Name and logo mention on direct e-mail marketing to sponsors, and guests (Electronic Version)
A BMDS Bag and T-shirt
Invitation for two to the Motown Gala
Full page ad in the May 2017 BMDS 10th Year Program Booklet
Two tickets to the Annual BMDS Reception (May 2017) at the African American Museum
Logo placement on the BMDS Website
Name and logo mention on slide show presentation continually looped during the event

Smokey Robinson & the Miracles ($750)

Large banner with co-branding of “Proud Supporter of the BMDS”
Name and logo mention on direct e-mail marketing to sponsors, and guests (Electronic Version)
A BMDS Bag and T-shirt
Invitation for 2 to the Motown Gala
1/2 Page ad in the May 2017 BMDS 10th Year Program Booklet
Name mention on slide show presentation, continually looped during the event

The Temptations ($500)

A BMDS T-shirt
Invitation for two to the Motown Gala
Logo placement on the BMDS Website
1/4 Page ad in the May 2017 BMDS 10th Year Program Booklet
Name mention on slide show presentation, continually looped during the event

Martha & The Vandellas ($250)

Name mention on slide show presentation, continually looped during the event
One ticket to the Motown Gala Event
Logo placement on the BMDS Website
Link to your website on the BMDS website

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The Black Male Development Symposium was initiated by the leadership of Chicago’s Third World Press, one of the oldest African-American publishing houses in the United States. The venue was established as a national tour that promoted community discussions on the plight of African American Males (AAM).

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