Saturday's Boys of Color symposium emphasizes positive change

The Skillman Foundation will host the Boys of Color Symposium III: Warriors for Positive Change on Saturday with special guests Dr. John Jackson, president and CEO of the Schott Foundation for Public Education, and Ralph Godbee, chief of the Detroit Police Department.

The free event, which runs from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.,  provides a city-wide forum for community leaders, educators, parents, mentors and, most importantly, young men to discuss issues facing boys of color in today’s society.

Joining the panel at Saturday’s events is Dr. Jackson, whose foundation provides the ground-breaking national reports on black and Latino boys and inequities they face in health, education, employment and opportunities, and Godbee, who is a 25-year veteran of the Detroit Police Department. Dr. Jackson and Godbee join a group of teachers, counselors, coaches, ministers and fathers for the symposium.

The symposium will take place at the Wayne County Community College District Downtown Camps, 1001 West Fort Street. Event partners include Wayne County Community College District, The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Knight Foundation, University of Michigan, Mary Grove College, and the Consortium of Hispanic Agencies.

Created in 1960, The Skillman Foundation is a private philanthropy whose chief aim is to help develop good schools and good neighborhoods for children. Though grants are made throughout metropolitan Detroit, most grants are directed at six Detroit neighborhoods – Southwest Detroit, Chadsey Condon, Brightmoor, Osborn, Northend Central and Cody Rouge – and toward innovative and successful schools throughout the city of Detroit.

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