Black male conference to be held at CSU

April 19, 2013 

The plight of black males in American society is the focus of a forum being held today at Columbus State University.

Hundreds of people are expected to gather for the seventh annual ”Let Us Make Man 2013” conference as part of an effort to “reclaim black manhood.” The event will begin 9 a.m. at 4225 University Ave.

Honorary chairmen of the conference include Sen. Ed Harbison, Rep. Calvin Smyre and President of the Georgia State Conference NAACP Ed Dubose. The event is free and open to the public.

“Let Us Make Man is open to anyone, including individuals, families, churches, organizations, agencies, fraternities, businesses, lodges and social clubs,” according to organizers of the event. “Prepare to engage in interactive workshops designed and facilitated by some of the country’s best practitioners and academics regarding black male issues.”

Personal Trainer Andrea Riggs will lead attendees in exercises at 7 a.m. when the doors open. Workshops will include Law & the Black Family, Conflict Resolution, Making Modern Families Work, Mentoring and Career and Trade.

The Let Us Make Man organization will award a $1,000 scholarship to local students based on academic performance and commitment to achievement. For more information go to or call 404-246-8001.

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