A summit to meet the challenges facing Black men in America

This month’s elections produced historic results regarding the representation of African Americans in the electoral ranks of Baltimore City and the State of MD. The governor, attorney general, state superintendent of schools, and state treasurer are all accomplished black men. Here in Baltimore City, black male leaders include the mayor, city council president, comptroller, city state’s attorney, and police commissioner.

That’s not to say black women haven’t risen to positions that have shaped the trajectory of Baltimore and the state. Speaker of the House in Annapolis, Del. Wes Moore’s endorsements for governor of Adrienne Jones and Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks are considered a significant boost to his fledgling political career. Not long ago, Baltimore’s mayor, state attorney, city council president, even head of the Enoch Pratt Library were prominent African American women.

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A few weeks ago, the Rev. Kevin SlaytonAn activist and educator who has been involved in politics and policy in Baltimore for years, wrote an op-ed the sun In it he referred to the representation of African Americans in the halls of power as “a revelation of the promises that our forefathers dreamed of.” But for many black men in America, those dreams have been postponed… by racism, poverty and other formidable challenges.

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Dr. Slayton has called for a meeting of elected black officials to explore what they can do to help black men succeed. What would such a convention look like? What can it achieve? That is what we want to talk about here today in the afternoon

Rev. Kevin Slayton is the senior pastor Northwood-Appold United Methodist Church, and Associate Professor at Lancaster Theological Seminary. He joins Tom here at Studio A…

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Also joining us on Zoom Dr. Lester SpenceProfessor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University, specializing in the study of black, racial, and urban politics…

And later in the program, we welcome Rep. Quasi Emfume to the conversation. Congressman Mfume Won re-election earlier this month to serve in Congress representing 7Th District He talks to us on Zoom.

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Rev. Dr. Kevin Slayton, Sr.; Rep. Kwesi Mfume (D., MD 7th District); Dr. Lester Spence (photos courtesy)

You are also welcome to join us. make a call 410.662.8780 Email [email protected]. Or tweet us: @middayWYPR

Audio will be posted here later this afternoon.



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