Pre-Black Male Summit Community Dialogue

Forum Banner

Michael Bender Russ Mitchell David Johns Jim Tressel Fred Wright David James Trabian Shorters
Michael J. Bender
President, Walmart West/US
Russ Mitchell
WKYC TV, Cleveland Moderator  

David Johns
White House
Initiatives on Educational
Excellence for
African Americans 

Jim Tressel
Executive Vice
President for Student Success
The University
of Akron 
Fred Wright
Akron Urban League 
David James
Superintendent Akron Public Schools
Trabian Shorters
Vice President
the Knight Foundation, founder
of BMe

Please read these two important documents from David Johns

Summit Flyer - The White House

White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans

Keynote Speakers

Friday, April 11, 2014

Steve Harvey

Steve Harvey - 11:30 a.m. - Knight Convention Center

Actor, Television/Radio Personality and Best-Selling Author, Host of the Steve Harvey Morning Show, Steve Harvey, and Family Feud.

Steve Harvey is a media conglomerate personified in a man who has found success as an actor, writer and producer, and his career has continued to flourish, becoming a top-rated radio host, fashion entrepreneur, bestselling author, popular game show host on Family Feud, and host of his own daytime television show. Read more . . . 

 Terrell Strayhorn

Dr. Terrell Strayhorn - 4:05 p.m.

Nationally recognized keynote speaker, motivational lecturer, provocateur, workshop facilitator, and author.  

Dr. Strayhorn was named one of the most highly visible scholars in his field by the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education.   For his research, he was named one of the Top 12 diversity scholars in the country by Diverse Issues in Higher EducationRead more . . . 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

    Janks Morton                                   

Janks Morton - 9:00 a.m.

“The most prolific African American Filmmaker of this generation, that 90% of African Americans have never heard of...”

JANKS MORTON is a groundbreaking international and award winning Documentarian. As founder of iYAGO ENTERTAINMENT GROUP, LLC, he states “the company came into existence to reflect both the conscious and unconscious soul of Black America. Read more . . . 

David Johns

David Johns – 1:30 p.m.

Executive Director, White House Initiative on 
Educational Excellence for African Americans U.S. Department of Education
Washington, DC

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan appointed David J. Johns as the executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans.  The initiative will work to identify best practices for improving African American student achievement, and partner with communities and a variety of federal agencies to produce effective programs for black youth.  Read more . . . 


Touré - 4:45 p.m.
Iconic Journalist, Culture Critic, and TV Host

Touré is the co-host of The Cycle which airs on MSNBC weekdays at 3pm and the author of Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness?  What It Means to Be Black Now, which was named one of the Most Notable Books of 2011 by The New York Times andThe Washington Post.  Read more . . .