Living While Black-A Focus on Black Men

Posted on May 16th 2020 by Florida Blue

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In recent weeks, levels of awareness have sparked conversations regarding racial inequality and injustice in our country. Although these conversations may not be comfortable, they are necessary for the growth, healing, and progress of our country.

Last Friday, the Guidewell Community, ASPIRE, presented a segment of Living While Black – The Impact of Racial Trauma. We are pleased to present our next Living While Black forum on June 19th that will expand on the experiences from the lens of what it’s like to be a black man in America and how we can move forward.  There are many examples that have made national news, most recently Rayshard Brooks, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, and the list goes on. Even though there are numerous stories that have gone viral, there are many examples of injustice and inequality that have never been shared which are stories many black men experience today.  

During this segment, a diverse group of panelists with expansive experience from a black male perspective. This group of distinguished participants includes internationally known sports analyst Chris Broussard. Broussard has formed an organization targeted for Black men called  K.I.N.G. (Knowledge, Inspiration, and Nurture through God).  Reverend Mark L. Griffin pastor of Wayman Temple African Methodist Church. In addition to pastoring two campuses, Rev. Griffin is deeply involved in community development where he contributes to the community by employing over 100 employees through his Wayman Community Development Corporation.  Our third panelist is a retired F.B.I. Inspector  Aaron LaSure who has a professional staff member of the United States House of Representatives has oversight of United States Capitol Police, House Sergeant at Arms, Security, and Counterintelligence.  LaSure will pull from his 22 years of law enforcement.  We have rounded off our panel with Brooks Baptiste. Baptiste is a passionate journalist bringing a fresh perspective to the 21st century. He launched "Brooks With The Buzz" in 2017, covering buzz-worthy topics, entertainment news, and social media reactions from viewers. You can catch him on the air weekday mornings on NBC and ABC.  Brooks is integrated into the fibers of Jacksonville and will bring a perspective of what it is like to be young, and black in America.

Please join us as we address the topics and issues that have either troubled many have experienced being a black man in America, as well as educate those who may not have been aware of the issues.

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