FROM STAFF REPORTS
Two events bringing together a wide spectrum of African-American boys and men will be held in Daytona Beach and Sanford in the upcoming weeks. The events coined “The Black Male Gathering’’ are part of an initiative to assist Black boys and men in reaching their full potential.
The gathering presents forums to help shape minds, change negative behavioral patterns, aid the next generation in learning to make good decisions, and develop standards that will propel them forward.
Started by local pastor
“I am a firm believer that males are born and men are built,” said Derek Triplett, founder of the Not My City movement and visionary behind The Black Male Gathering, which will host the two events in November.
“I started The Black Male Gathering to help Black boys and men reach their full potential. At the end of the day, my goal is to help shape minds in order to shift behaviors,” explained Triplett.
Each forum is subject-driven and interactive. A wide spectrum of boys to men, students to professionals and men straight off of the street convene under one roof to deal with the heartache, bitterness, and frustration that Black males face on a daily basis.
Goal of forums
The forums seek to provide a venue for meaningful and free expression via thoughtful exchange of ideas, knowledge and experiences; facilitate exposure to other men with similarities and distinct differences; help educate boys and men on how to live safely, effectively, and successfully as a Black man in America; raise the level of expectations among Black men; and encourage and to empower boys and men to set and reach attainable goals.
The next Black Male Gathering will be held Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Westside Community Center 919 Persimmon Ave. in Sanford at 7 p.m. One also will be held in Daytona Beach at 6:45 p.m. on Nov. 14 at the Yvonne Scarlett Golden Cultural and Educational Center,1000 Vine St.
For more information, contact Triplett at firstname.lastname@example.org, Facebook.com/NotMyCity, or call 386-316-8669.