BMS Save the Date 2015

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On behalf of The University of Akron and our sponsor Walmart, welcome to the Eighth Annual Black Male Summit!

OUR MISSION:  To improve and increase retention and graduation of African-American males in higher education

The UA Black Male Summit has become a national platform for best practices and innovative strategies focusing on cradle to career success for our African American males. 

Since its inception in 2008, The University of Akron Black Male Summit has annually brought together national thought leaders, educators, and policy makers from around the nation, civic organizations, healthcare, the legal profession, and a myriad of other disciplines to address the educational and social disparity among our African American Male population.  Our goal is to move forward with solutions and not rehash deficit perspectives.   

For more information and support please contact Ms. Elisha Swanson at 330.972-7464 or via email at

Join us at the 2015 Eighth Annual Black Male Summit!

                        Lee Gill Picture                                             Monte Turner Picture

                         Lee A. Gill, J.D.                                               Monte E. Turner, Ph.D.
                             Co-Chair                                                         Faculty Co-Chair

Join us for a screening of:

“Finding the Gold Within”

a film by Karina Epperlein

Join us on Friday, April 10, at 8:30 a.m. at the Akron Public Library Auditorium, 60 South High Street, Akron, OH  44326, located directly across the street from the Knight Convention Center.

[Watch the trailer]

Finding the Gold Within follows six black men from Akron, Ohio, through their first years of college. Despite their high levels of confidence and critical thinking, the stark reality of being away from their families and communities brings a series of crises. A sister dies in a car accident, a home gets broken into, a brush with the law, racial jokes and provocations never seem to end.  [more]

Thank you to our sponsors

Black Male Summit sponsors