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Uzuri Think Tank

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Events - "Perspectives"

A focus group on the subject of black male educational success.

Bringing together community stakeholders, researchers, and scholars, this focus group will promote provocative conversation in an effort to produce insights and ideas on factors that affect the educational success of the modern African-American male.

“Perspectives” took place Thursday, June 27, at 6 p.m., on the Robert Morris University campus.

Spoken-word performance by local Pittsburgh artist Leslie Ezra Smith

A roundtable discussion with distinguished Pittsburgh scholars:

  • The Reverend William H. Curtis, D.Min
    Senior Pastor, Mt. Ararat Baptist Church
  • Alex Johnson, PhD
    President, Community College of Allegheny County
  • Larry E. Davis, PhD
    Dean, School of Social Work, University of Pittsburgh
  • Rex L. Crawley, PhD (Moderator) -
    Assistant Dean, School of Communication and Information Systems Endowed Chair,
    The Uzuri Think Tank, Robert Morris University

The stage has been set for a unique and long overdue dialogue and experience. Our hope is to counterbalance the common one-sided emphasis on failure and low-performance within the black male community with valuable insights gathered from leaders in the community.

As a participant in “Perspectives,” we hope you will leave eager to push your own boundaries and thinking on black male educational success. Moreover, we hope you will help us continue to explore a variety of creative models and approaches so that together we can better understand how to bring about positive change among black males.