Pittsburgh, PA–June 15, 2011-Al Dotson, Chairman of 100 Black Men of America, Inc. will headline a live Bev Smith Show town hall meeting entitled “The Disappearing Black Community – The Endangered Black Man.” The national radio broadcast will take place at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Friday, June 17, 2011 from 7 p.m.-10 p.m.
“This is what we know. We know that it is NOT true that there are more African American males in prison than in college. Actually there are nearly four times as many African American males in college than in prison. What we know is that there are still too many young African American males who are stereotyped and presumed to be a failure before given a chance. We must demand accountability from those who would treat any of our young people unjustly while we simultaneously empower our young people to excel. Where are our young Black males? They’re all around us. We just need to see them, support and encourage their maturity and growth, and expect excellence” said 100 Black Men Chairman, Al Dotson.
In addition to Mr. Dotson, Chef Jeff Henderson, award winning chef, best selling author and ex-jailed drug offender; Dr. Boyce Watkins, author, political analyst and social commentator; and Esther Bush, President of the Pittsburgh Urban League will join the panel to talk about this provocative topic. The panel will also be joined by Jordan Miles and his mother Terez Miles. In January 2010, young Jordan, a high school student, was beaten at the hands of White undercover police while visiting his grandmother in a predominantly Black neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Most recently the United States Justice Department decided not to prosecute the three police officers who were involved.
“There are far too many Jordan Miles stories in this country” said Bev Smith, host of The Bev Smith Show. She added: “Looking at the status of Black men in America today, one gets the feeling that we have stepped back into the days of slavery when a Black man wasn’t safe at home or anywhere else.”
This is the third in a series of town hall meetings in conjunction with the August Wilson Center. The free event is open to the public and will take place in the center’s spacious 486 seat theatre. The broadcast will air on Bev’s national affiliates which include stations, WWRL, New York, WVON, Chicago, WOL, Washington, DC, WURD in Philadelphia, WAOK, Atlanta and WGBN, Pittsburgh.