National Black Men in Leadership Summit
The National Black Men in Leadership Summit (BMLS) was a two-day conference at The Huntington Place in Detroit. This event was comprised of awards, keynote speakers, and panel discussions promoting black men in leadership. On the first day, BMLS gave away scholarships to several high school graduates from one thousand to twenty-five hundred dollars. This year alone they were able to give thirty-five thousand dollars in scholarships to high school scholars. Some are attending schools within Michigan. Dr. Eddie Glaude Jr., an author, political commentator, and professor was the keynote speaker for the day. He discussed today’s black community and its advancement along with the pioneers such as Malcom X, Martin Luther King Jr., and how their ideals paved the way for black success. Dr. Marvin Carr, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Center for Racial Equity at Walmart spoke on the importance of equity and how organizations can change the narrative on how it’s incorporated.
There were several breakout sessions during the event, one of which was a panel discussion on “The Evolution and Transformation of Black Entrepreneurships and Father-Inclusivity: Intentionally and Proactively Engaging and Serving Black Fathers”. During that breakout session it was discussed how to leverage assets to start your own business, how the panelists began their journey, and why. The panelists explained their perspectives on their businesses and how black ownership is changing the landscape. The discussion on Father-inclusivity on the second day pointed to the importance of black fathers being in their children’s lives, programs available to assist them with FOC cases, and staggering statistics resulting from their absence.
There were other sessions discussing topics such as “My brother’s Keeper: Policing in America” and “Black Philanthropy: Building on the Legacy of Giving”. As the event closed, former 3rd Circuit Court ECA Zenell Brown hosted a panel of guests that discussed allyship called, “Bridging the Gap and Fostering Allyship between Communities”. It was an inspiring discussion. The BMLS returns to The Huntington Place August 17-18, 2024.