Many people are expressing grave concern regarding issues, problems, status and behavior of many African-American men and boys. Therefore, I in concert and collaboration with Annetta Wilson, and Sankofa Safe Child Initiative, Habilitative Systems Inc., The Westside Black Elected Officials, Fathers who Care, Westside Ministers Coalition, Chicago Area Boy Scouts of America, Chicago City Colleges, Iheartmedia, WVON Radio, and a large number of other social service agencies, programs and the University of Illinois at Chicago, are holding a State of the African-American Male Conference.
The State of the African-American Male conference’s purpose is to reinforce and explore in a very significant way the road to moving the needle on the high drop-out rate, high levels of incarceration, high levels of juvenile delinquency, high levels of unemployment and we could go on and on talking about problems; but our intent is not to just look at problems, we are seeking solutions.
Congressman Danny K. Davis first introduced the State of the African-American male initiative to the United States Congress and the nation is 2004. This was inaugurated with a national conference in Washington D.C., which was attended by thousands of people from around the country including civil rights and social activist icons. As the next step, the SAAM initiative kicked-off a major conference in Chicago, in collaboration with several hundred organizations and groups, and was attended by more than a 1000 stakeholders over two days.
The SAAM Conference 2017 is scheduled for Friday, September 8, kicking-off with an opening session at 7:00 p.m., and Saturday, September 9, 2017, starting at 9:00 a.m., with a plenary session, followed by facilitated discussions/workshops, and concluding with recommendations and solutions for change. The event will be held at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Student Forum.
We hope to identify assets and opportunities to improve the quality of life for African-American men and boys. And, we hope to seriously create an agenda and develop and support a network of organizations that are mission-driven.
The conference historically has drawn average citizens, community representatives and leaders, business/corporate, educators, faith-based community, not-for-profits, block clubs, teachers, professors, and experts in a host of fields including education, employment, public health, youth development, economic and community development, and others. These conferences led to a host of forums and tours around the nation. These advocacy efforts also led to policy, programmatic and advocacy initiatives and the creation of the African-American Male Caucus.
Rep. Danny Davis Seeks Funding For African American Male Programs
The State of the African-American Male Initiative is focused on African-American males, and the barriers which prevent so many from living productive lives in their communities. U. S. Representative Danny K. Davis and a host of stakeholders are addressing the most pressing issues, including: