African-American males are six times more likely to be incarcerated than white males, and more than twice as likely as Hispanic males to be imprisoned, according to the Sentencing Project.
To address this risk, The Male Imperative: From Boys to Men community event will take place May 24 at Buchtel Community Learning Center, 1040 Copley Road, from 1 to 4 p.m. and focuses on spiritual healing for the mind, body and soul, along with support resources for social and coping skills and parenting. In addition, the event will offer information for health care, STI preventions youth organizing and finances.
The event is hosted by the Greater Akron Canton Association of Black Social Workers and Fathers & Sons of Northeast Ohio, and presenters include Dr. John Queener, from The University of Akron; Dr. Latharus Groggins II, of Saint Rest Publications; Donald Lykes, from Fathers & Sons; and Michael Irby, from 100 Black Men Inc.
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