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Mark your calendar now – The University of Akron’s 9th Annual Black Male Summit – April 8-9, 2016

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


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.

In 2014, Walmart became the major sponsor of the Black Male Summit and are continuing their support. AT&T joined as a sponsor in 2015 to support the Black Male Summit High School Component, which includes 9th, 10th and 11th grade students from the Akron and Canton Public Schools.

In 2015, we announced our Black Male Summit partnership with GOJO industries, Inc., “Path to Excel,” to help prepare African-American male high school students for the workplace. This experience will provide students with summer jobs, offer a $1,000 tuition scholarship to attend The University of Akron, while enabling them to move into their chosen career and make the connections with local companies and organizations. This exemplifies the kind of partnerships we recommend that ultimately will impact positively the talent dividend for the city of Akron and the State of Ohio.

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Join us at the 2016 Ninth Annual Black Male Summit!

Lee Gill   Larry Burns
Lee A. Gill, J.D.
Larry J. Burns

Thank you to our sponsors:

                                Sponsor ATTSponsor walmart