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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make all checks payable to Black Male Development Symposium. Downtown Motown ticket information can be obtained at email@example.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.
OUR CONFERENCEThe 10th Annual BMDS Symposium, will be held May 13, 2017, on 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!
Black Lives MatterFeatured Real Dialogues Event
Letters to TrayvonFeatured Real Dialogues Event
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 MissionFeatured Real Dialogues Event
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.
ARCADIA COMMONS GREAT ROOMWelcome Reception
ARCADIA COMMONS GREAT ROOM
WELCOME ADDRESS. WHY BMDS?
Dr. Doreen Loury, Founder/Executive Director
*Silent Auction - 8:30 PM - 11:00 PM
ARCADIA COMMONS GREAT ROOM
SANKOFA LEGACY AWARD WINNERS
DANCING & BOP PARTY
Live Music by Sherry Wilson Butler
On the Wheels of Steel - Philly's Own - DKB Productions
ARCADIA COMMONS GREAT ROOMSilent Auction Winners Announcement
ARCADIA COMMONS GREAT ROOMDancing Continues - Bop till you drop!
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TICKETS & SPONSORSHIPS
The Supremes ($1000)
Smokey Robinson & the Miracles ($750)
The Temptations ($500)
Martha & The Vandellas ($250)
Need additional info? Get in touch for group rates and pricing.
EVENT LOCATION & DIRECTIONS
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).
Philadelphia, PA 19144