Black Men & Boys Week 2016 to Hold Discussion at USFSP

A photo of Dr. Christopher Warren at USF St. Petersburg. Photo credit: Tom Cawthon.

Dr. Christopher Warren. Photo credit: Tom Cawthon.

A community discussion as part of Black Men & Boys Week 2016 will be held at USFSP on Tuesday, Aug. 30. The event serves as an opportunity for concerned community members, support groups, and program providers to engage in strategic action and support-based workshops, lectures, and round table discussions on issues surrounding black men and boys.

Christopher Warren, project coordinator of Figuring It Out for the Child (FIOC) in the Family Study Center, will present “More Than a Statistic: The Plight of Black Men & Boys.” The presentation will discuss the issues surrounding black men and boys in relation to conscious and unconscious biases, and ways in which the community can change the paradigm.

“There are hundreds of African-American dads in Pinellas County whose daily existence defies stereotypes,” said Warren, adding that the men give of themselves to their communities via sports coaching, mentoring, tutoring, after school programs and grassroots neighborhood support groups. “In a time and place where black boys are the most overly disciplined and scrutinized demographic within Pinellas County Schools, and black men are the most criminally victimized and unemployed group within St. Petersburg, we must take a step back and ask ourselves, ‘How did we get here?’ and more importantly, ‘How do we get out of this predicament together?’”

The discussion will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in Davis Hall, Room 130.