March 6, 2018

Urban League, GRCC, GRPS & GVSU Present 3rd Annual African American Male Achievement Conference

The 3rd Annual African American Male Achievement Conference is being held on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, from 9:00a – 2:00p at Grand Rapids Community College’s Ford Fieldhouse and Applied Tech Center. This year’s theme is: Challenges, Choices and Change. The conference is a partnership between the Urban League of West Michigan, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids Public Schools and Grand Valley State University. The speakers will present in a “TED Talk” style. They include: Alvin Hills, IV of Endless Opportunities, Parris McMurray of Grand Rapids Public Schools, Cole Williams of Cole Speaks, Dr. Bill Pink of Grand Rapids Community College, Larry Johnson of
Grand Rapids Public Schools, and Jon Covington of 97.3 FM – The Beat.

The 3rd Annual African American Male Achievement Conference is being held on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, from 9:00a – 2:00p at Grand Rapids Community College’s Ford Fieldhouse and Applied Tech Center. This year’s theme is: Challenges, Choices and Change. The conference is a partnership between the Urban League of West Michigan, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids Public Schools and Grand Valley State University. The speakers will present in a “TED Talk” style. They include: Alvin Hills, IV of Endless Opportunities, Parris McMurray of Grand Rapids Public Schools, Cole Williams of Cole Speaks, Dr. Bill Pink of Grand Rapids Community College, Larry Johnson of
Grand Rapids Public Schools, and Jon Covington of 97.3 FM – The Beat.

The mission of this conference is simple: to convene African American male students from high schools
throughout Kent County and engage them in workshops and other activities in which they will be affirmed,
dared to dream about their futures, and reminded of their potential greatness. One of the highlights of the day
will be a very special lunch opportunity where all of the young men will be able to walk into a room with over
100 African American male professionals from various industries and occupations and break bread. The men
will share a table with them and explain why they do what they do and what it took to get there as the students
eat, listen, ask questions, and see with their very own eyes success that looks like them.

“We are so excited about this year’s conference!” said Joe Jones, President/CEO of the Urban League of West
Michigan and Second Ward City Commissioner. “We see the participation and presence of successful African
American males as vital to the success of the conference. We believe it’s very difficult to be something that
you can’t see. Therefore, we put a premium on presence and the importance of engaging in meaningful and
encouraging dialogue with our community’s sons.”