Summit seeks to celebrate, empower Black men
WILMINGTON — To celebrate the successes of Black men and to motivate the next generation, the ReManned Project will be hosting a virtual summit “ReManned: Beyond Grievances” from Oct. 15 to 17.
“ReManned: Beyond Grievances” aims to gather 1,000 Black men across the country in a space to work toward solutions that they face in today’s world. The event, originally planned for Dover Downs but later switched to an experimental and participatory online format, plans for activities, breakout sessions and networking.
Invited keynote speakers include Jamal Harrison Bryant, pastor of the prominent New Birth Missionary Baptist Church; Kevin Powell, the author of “The Black Male Handbook;” and Chris Broussard, analyst for Fox Sports.
“It is more important than ever to unite our community in the face of these grievances our society is realizing, even protesting, in the moment and working to find answers,” said Donald Morton, the CEO of The ReManned Project.
Morton, a pastor and activist, launched the ReManned Project in early 2019 after a personal journey led him to reflect on a man’s role in the family and his community. The initiative is focused on challenging Black men to take personal responsibility for their destiny.
“We need to celebrate the successes Black men have as a way to inspire others to remain in society and provide resources that will help them enable that energy,” he said. “There are significant resources to women and youths, but we have not seen that established for Black men.”
Seventy-five percent of Black households in the United States are without a male head-of-household, compared to 35% of white homes, he pointed out.
“Society is made of families, and the anchor to each family is a father. Without a father engaged with their children, those children are at a greater risk of social ills, including possibly dropping out of school and incarceration,” he said. “We need to shift the narrative.”
Moving forward, Morton hopes to establish a stronger connection to the business community and the ReManned Project by creating a cross-section of mentorship and employment opportunities.
“Not all men have the traditional opportunities or business acumen as your CEO, but they do the best they can with the resources they have. It would benefit all of us to see those chances of success increase,” he said.
By Katie Tabeling