On January 29th, 2015, Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson launched the Year of the African American Male initiative, a year-long initiative to convene and highlight organizations and individuals that are working to improve the quality of life for African American males in our community—in the areas of health, fatherhood, education, mentoring, workforce development, criminal justice and reentry.
As part of this initiative, Supervisor Carson hosted a special event on March 10th in Oakland which included dinner, presentations, and breakout groups to celebrate and discuss each of these issue areas. BOSS Executive Director Donald Frazier along with David Muhammad, Director of National Justice Programs at National Council on Crime & Delinquency, presented on criminal justice and reentry.
Other presenters included Dr. Mark Alexander and Dr. Noha Abolata (Health), Gay Thompson (Fatherhood & Family Support), Saleem Gilmore and Celsa Snead (Mentoring), Joseph A. Billingsly and Dr. Jocelyn Garrick (Employment & Training), Kevin Williams (Youth), and Aquil Jaji and Dr. Jaseon Outlaw (Counseling & Support).
About 150 attended and participated in breakout groups and report backs, making new connections that will further the community’s work on these goals. Stay tuned for news on other activities under this initiative in the coming year!