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Morehouse helps launch national tour to Black males

Miami Times staff report | 4/3/2014, 9 a.m.

Morehouse College in Atlanta helped The White House and Ebony Magazine kickoff a national tour last week to help Black boys succeed in school and life.

The tour is part of a follow-up to President Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" campaign which he announced month at the White House. The president aims to bring together young people and experts to address longstanding issues facing Black males and the impact of existing solutions that have been implemented nationwide.

Goals for the summit series include raising awareness about the importance of investing in African-American educational excellence beginning at birth to guarantee students, schools and communities are supported in learning. Individuals and organizations successfully supporting African-American educational excellence will also be highlighted.

Additionally, the series will focus on the importance of community engagement by creating opportunities for parents, grandparents, guardians and concerned adults to provide support to local youth.

Higher education leaders such as Morehouse College President John Wilson and Beverly Tatum, president of Spelman College, are scheduled to speak at the summit on Friday. Students, local politicians and business executives from Coca Cola, Deloitte Consulting and Netflix will also participate in several speaker panels.

Additional summits will be held later in the year in Philadelphia; Jackson, Mississippi; and Oakland, California.