BMS Save the Date 2015

Countdown to the Black Male Summit:


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.   

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

2015 Keynote Speakers

April 10 & 11, 2015


Dr. Michael Eric Dyson

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson

A popular University professor of sociology at Georgetown University, Michael Eric Dyson bridges gaps between generations, connecting civil rights identity to hip-hop culture while forging links between older and younger Americans, especially black Americans. As a cutting edge historian, he educates the general public on the significance of hip hop, not only in understanding black culture, but American cultural as well. With his powerful voice, Dyson reaches beyond race, addressing the universal commonality of American concern.  [bio]


Mr. Jalen Rose

Jaylen Rose

Founder and Detroit native Jalen Rose is an ESPN/ABC analyst and 13-year NBA Star who has assembled a team of educational experts and community leaders to turn his dream into a reality. He is also the founder of the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (JRLA), an open enrollment, public charter high school on the Northwest side of Detroit. Mr. Rose brings to the Academy his knowledge of the sports and entertainment industries, commitment to philanthropy and his passion to give back to Detroit. A graduate of Detroit Southwestern High School, Mr. Rose attended the University of Michigan where he was one of five freshman basketball players known as the “Fab Five.” As a college graduate, he is eager to help Detroit youth achieve the same goal. Mr. Rose has been instrumental on the planning team and serves as the President of the JRLA Board of Directors. [bio]


Dr. Haki R. Madhubuti

Dr. Haki R. Madhubuti

Dr. Haki R. Madhubuti is Founder and President, Third World Press. Third World Press (TWP) is the largest independently black-owned press in the United States. Since the 1960s, the company has focused on publishing culturally progressive and political books of fiction and non-fiction, poetry, and cross-genre work. [bio]

Dr. Damon A. Williams

Dr. Damon A. Williams

Dr. Damon A. Williams ‎is the Senior Vice President for Programs, Training, and Youth Development for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. He is a scholar, leader, and educator, passionate about making organizations inclusive and excellent for all, creating equitable educational outcomes, and activating learning, youth development, and leadership in ways that are transformative and inspiring of new possibilities. [bio]


Dr. Marc Lamont Hill

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill is Distinguished Professor of African American Studies at Morehouse College. Prior to that, he held positions at Columbia University and Temple University. Dr. Hill is one of the leading intellectual voices in the country. He is the host of HuffPost Live and BET News, as well as a political contributor for CNN. He is the former host of the nationally syndicated television show Our World With Black Enterprise and political contributor to Fox News Channel. An award-winning journalist, Dr. Hill has received numerous prestigious awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, GLAAD, and the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. [bio]


Mr. Maurice Clarett

Maurice Clarett

Mr. Maurice Clarett first became known for his football accolades early on in his life.  In high school, he was a name known throughout the nation winning USA Today’s national player of the year and a Parade All-American.  His success continued on at Ohio State University.  Maurice became the first and only true freshman to start at running back and set the freshman single season rushing and touchdown record (1,237 yards and 18 TD’s), which was previously set by two-time Heisman Trophy Winner Archie Griffin.  [bio]

Highlights from BMS 2014:  Overview | Keynote Speakers | Conference Agenda

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]