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Actor Rockmond Dunbar To Join Discussion on the Critical Issues Facing Black Men in Mississippi
Mississippi Coalition Hopes to Create a Dialog to Develop Policy Changes to Improve Opportunities and Life Outcomes for African-American Men
By: Insight Center for Community Economic Development
With an extensive list of acting credits that includes network television dramas and feature films, Dunbar is perhaps best known for his roles as Kenny Chadway on the Showtime television drama series "Soul Food," and as Benjamin Miles "C-Note" Franklin on the FOX television drama series "Prison Break." He recently joined the CBS crime drama "The Mentalist" as FBI agent Dennis Abbott.
“Our Fathers, Our Brothers and Our Sons” is expect to attract between 50 to 70 invited speakers and guests who will examine a wide variety of topics, specifically on the law, education and work. The conference is organized by the Closing the Racial Wealth Gap Initiative at the Insight Center for Community Economic Development, as part of a strategic partnership with The Coalition for a Prosperous Mississippi (CPM) and the Center for Family Policy and Practice (CFFPP).
According the 2011 U.S. Census, the Jackson metropolitan area has one of the largest percentages of African Americans of any metro in America at 48 percent, with many more Blacks living in rural majority Black counties throughout the state. Many of these Black families live below the national poverty line due to wage gaps, as well as a lack of access to legal, educational, healthcare and economic resources.
The aim of our collective efforts has been to gather what is known about the conditions of African American men’s lives and use that knowledge to inform advocacy said Anne E. Price, Program Director for the Closing the Racial Wealth Gap Initiative.
The roundtable will highlight promising solutions in communities around the state that are connecting black men to opportunities.
When: June 26, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Where: Hilton Garden Inn Jackson, 235 West Capital Street, Jackson, Mississippi 39201
MEDIA RSVP: Taroue Brooks at Taroue.Brooks@