NAACP conference focusing on teen men

Tue, 07/24/2007 - 4:22pm
By: The Citizen

The Fayette County Branch of the NAACP along with the Fayette County Board of Education and the Theta Lambda Lambda Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity is sponsoring an event to encourage adult men and young men ages 14-18 to endeavor to reach extraordinary heights in school, society and in life as they stand and operate in the full image of God. The conference also encourages young men to strive for excellence in academics; and help build stronger relationships between younger men and their adult role models and mentors.

The "Second Annual Mighty Men of Valor Conference" conference will be held Saturday, Aug. 18 at Sandy Creek High School in Tyrone from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Admission is $25.00 per person. A continental breakfast and lunch is included.

The conference is part of a "Back to School, Stay in School," national NAACP program designed to strengthen male youth and adult men of the Fayette community in their relationships, character development, and academic achievement.

The Mighty Men of Valor Conference includes a series of interactive workshops to enable discussion on various issues related to bridging the gap from youth to manhood. The conference also hopes to make a difference for older men who are active in the lives of the younger men.

All young men between the ages of 14 and 18 and adult males (fathers, uncles, and mentors) are encouraged to attend.

For event and registration information, please refer to the branch's website, or please contact Reverend Melvin Ware at 770-719-9238 or

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Submitted by MajorMike on Sat, 08/04/2007 - 9:49am.

I was somewhat alarmed when I first read this article (spelled news release) to think that the FCBOE would cosponser anything with a patently racist organization wheather it be NAACP, KKK, or any other. Rather than take it at face value I called The FCBOE and found that the Fayette County Board of Education simply made school facilities available for this event as they do for many non-profit and civic groups This "conference" might be noble in concept but the misinformation detracts from that purpose if indeed it is anything other than another fundraiser.

Submitted by Davids mom on Sat, 08/04/2007 - 12:09pm.

Thank you for taking the time to clarify the sponsorship of this activity. There may be patently racist members of the NAACP - but it is not a patently racist organization - as its membership includes whites, Hispanics and corporate America. I am unaware of any members of color in the KKK. When posters on this site have been articulate in stating that the NAACP needs to involve itself in something meaningful - I would think that this conference would be seen as a step in the right direction. The NAACP was founded because of legal racist practices in this country. Now, I feel they should be devoting their efforts to helping the community help itself - and educating their young. . especially young Black males.

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