2:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Confronting the Challenges to a Quality Education for our Youth

Overview: What are we doing to remove barriers to academic achievement caused by poverty and promote resilience? According to the American Pediatrics Association, childhood poverty is the most pressing issue facing our nation’s youth. Children are the poorest members of our society. As the nation navigates through the most devastating health crisis in modern times, the residual impacts of the global coronavirus pandemic further destabilize low-income families, resource-strapped schools, and local communities to an extent that has yet to be calculated. During this open-panel discussion, participants will engage with panel experts and listen to strategies that can be implemented to support achievement and promote resilience. Participants will then be able to transfer the knowledge learned during this workshop to other communities.

Sponsor: Delta Air Lines

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM

Diversified Access to Capital: Where to Find It, How to Get It, and How to Keep It

Overview: Given the difficulties around diversified access to capital for African Americans who are starting or expanding their small business, many entrepreneurs struggle to get their businesses off the ground. “In a 2018 report, the Small Business Association found that personal and family savings are the most common sources of financing for all entrepreneurs, and among Black and Latinx founders, the reliance on those funds is even higher.” In addition, according to CNBC, some Black-owned banks are unable to provide the financial support minorities need due to the banks’ own deficiency of capitalization. During this workshop discussion, panel experts will explain these challenges and examine various strategies for accessing diversified capital.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Health Care 2.0 – How to Eliminate Hypertension amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

Overview: Hypertension is arguably the most important risk factor that impacts the lives of Black Americans. High blood pressure serves as “the canary in the coal mine” to foreshadow the development of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, and associated complications, such as heart attack and stroke. This silent killer that is so common among Black people in America it puts us at increased risk of poor outcomes secondary to severe COVID-19 infection. Strategies for controlling blood pressure must be embraced by Black communities, particularly while under the threat of COVID-19.

Participants in this workshop will learn about the heart disease and stroke warning signs that Black people should persistently monitor, and how to work with their health care provider to control and help normalize their blood pressure.

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Barbershop Forum: Saluting Past Legends: Preparing the Next Generation

Overview: In the book, The Miracles of Mentoring, Thomas W. Dortch Jr. reminisces on a familiar scene where African American men discuss the issues of the community while sharing knowledge and opinions with youth. The barbershop has always been somewhat of a cultural rite of passage, where wisdom is shared with the next generation of men. During this Barbershop Forum, a panel of influential men will discuss various topics from systemic racism, COVID-19 and the Black communities, the impact of past legends, and the strategies to prepare the next generations of leaders.

5:15 PM – 6:30 PM

Wrap-up - What Are Our Actions?

Overview: As we conclude Day 1 of the Virtual 35th Annual Conference, Chairman Dortch and Vice-Chairman Dotson will provide their closing actions for 100 Black Men chapters, Collegiate 100 students, youth, and communities served.

Chairman Thomas W. Dortch Jr.
Vice-Chairman Albert E. Dotson, Jr., Esq.