University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
The African American Male Initiative (AAMI) reimagines the narrative of black males by identifying career options and mentorship programs.
AAMI began in 2012 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the Summit on Black Male Youth is an annual continuation of guiding highschoolers and college students toward their definition of success.
The 2021 Black Male Summit was held this year on Mar. 30, from 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Keynote speaker, Dr. Cornel West, an American philosopher from Tulsa, Oklahoma, and teacher at Harvard in the Practice of Public Philosophy, presented in a sold-out stadium of 957 attendees, hosted by the University of Akron in Ohio.
Panel discussions having to do with law practice, pre-health, future educators, psychology, and Covid-19 global pandemic hurdles were discussed throughout the day.
This event also included the application of supporting college-bound Black Males, other women and men of color, LGBTQ+, and allies.
Another noteworthy point is the idea of addressing the underserved populations and inheriting wealth in a time when addressing community needs and values is of public concern.
The AAMI aims to increase access, educational opportunities, and build networks both academically and professionally.
Living in the current system of capitalism, personal growth, and the narrative of pulling oneself up by their bootstraps is one narrative that is currently challenged in a time of rapid change.
When talking about decisions made by individuals impacting their larger community, West uses the term “radical connectedness” to describe the effects of American society.
Dr. West talks about ethics, equity, and also recently started a podcast along with Patricia Rose called “The Tightrope.”
Edited by: Katrina Johnson, Crystal Hendrix