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A celebration of the achievements of African-American males will be held by the Urban League of Western Michigan

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By Gabriel Fisher

On March 28th, starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 11 p.m., the Urban League of Western Michigan will be holding the sixth annual African-American Male Achievement Conference, a celebration of the achievements of African-American men to bolster the dreams and aspirations of the attendees.

As a collaborative effort between the Urban League, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Public Schools, the City of Grand Rapids, and Grand Rapids Community College, the conference will be themed around “Challenges, Choices, and Change.” The aim is to encourage young African-American men from grades 9-12 to reach their full potential. 

GRCC’s Communications Director, Dave Murray said, “Organizers aim to convene more than 1,000 African-American young men from West Michigan secondary schools and engage them in workshops and other activities in which they will be affirmed, dared to dream about their futures, and reminded of their potential greatness.”

The conference will be held virtually, as it will cut back on the ever-present modern danger of COVID-19 by preventing the gathering of people in one physical place. 

The conference will serve as an affirmation to young African American men to chase their dreams. 

“The sixth-annual African-American Male Achievement Conference will be a day of inspiration, learning, sharing and caring for our male students in ninth through 12 grades,” Murray said.

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