Black Male Summit, The University of Akron

Highlights from the 2014 Black Male Summit

More than 1,300 people from across the nation attended the sold-out 2014 summit April 11 and 12. They heard wisdom and inspiration from such speakers as Steve Harvey, Janks Morton, Touré, Dr. Terrell Strayhorn and David Johns from the White House. [View photos from the event]

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News coverage

Cleveland Plain Dealer

"It appears that institutions across the nation -- the White House included -- are catching up with the University of Akron's Black Male Summit, an annual symposium that has been helping young black men succeed since 2008..."

Akron Beacon Journal

"...(Trabian Shorters, former vice president of the Knight Foundation and founder of BMe Community) said everyone should remember that most people know many more successful black men than they know the black man of the negative stereotype.

“'Yes, there are problems. But your norm is not the problem. Black men who are enterprising, who give back, who care ... please stop answering to a false identity,' he said."

Canton Repository

"Trajen Wood hopes to one day play in the NBA.

"But the freshman at Timken High School said he’s considering going to college for a business degree in case the basketball career doesn’t materialize.

"Wood, who carries a 3.2 grade-point average, got his first college campus experience Friday when he visited the University of Akron for its seventh annual Black Male Summit..."