TGR: Black Lives Matter EMPOWERMENT SUMMIT, 5.28.16 (10a-3p): 2520 Pennsylvania Avenue, BALTIMORE

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“We, the willing, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much for so long, that we are no qualified to do anything with nothing.”

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(BALTIMORE – May 25, 2016) – Bmorenews.com, a news and information web portal based in Baltimore’s Sandtown community since 2002, will present the Black Lives Matter EMPOWERMENT SUMMIT on Saturday, May 28, 2016 from 10 am to 3 pm at the American Health Career Institute at Penn-North (2520 Historic Pennsylvania Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217).

There will be 5 consecutive panel discussions on the hour, including: *business/entrepreneurship/Black Wall Street; *real estate/community planning; *Black Lives Matter: Focus on the Youth; *Lawyer Panel; and an *Open Mic hosted by Movakween and Shaquille Wilson of Black Acoustic. In short, this is about helping to catalyze the much-needed healing we need.

RSVP to http://blacklivesmatterempowermentsummit.eventbrite.com. All are welcome.

The purpose is to put our best and brightest minds in the same room for the sake of networking and the sharing of resources. Although it can seem weary, we are reminded that there are a ton of resources already in our community. A lot of times, we are simply unaware of them. So, this “community-building” exercise is about access. From bankers to lawyers to entrepreneurs, attendees will meet some of the sharpest individuals representing some of the most amazing programs and businesses in the region. We will also have employment experts and resources for ex-offenders. Our aim is to have something constructive and prayerfully empowering for any and everyone who attends.

As we all know, the tragic and untimely death of Freddie Gray caused Baltimore to be the focus of international media attention last May. Penn-North, the intersection of Pennsylvania and North avenues in West Baltimore, became the epicenter of unrest and protests. Media from all over the world exposed the status of Baltimore, particularly its African American community.

Over time, it became evident to the viewers from around the world that Baltimore had some way, somehow been terribly neglectful of its inner-city black community.

Finally, the rest of the world came to better understand the conditions in which we live, conditions that we the residents know all too well. It’s not just about police brutality. It’s also about a lack of resources in our schools and the closing of our recreation centers. It’s about tons of money from the Obama stimulus package going mostly downtown, while coins came uptown. And it’s about a political domination by one party that is rarely held accountable to African Americans who vote some 90% Democrat in a 9-to-1 Democratic city and a 2-to-1 Democratic state.

Many of us who have been doing community work for years forge ahead anyway. Despite a lack of resources for forsaken black communities, despite an infusion of illegal drugs and now prescription drugs which are of pandemic proportions, despite the 47,000 vacant buildings and a mass incarceration race that has gone from 300,000 inmates nationally in the 80s before the crack epidemic exploded to 2.3 million today, a world record whereby the black male plays the starring role – despite all of this, we forge ahead.

We, who have been toiling to help build, create and inspire our community have always known that if anything is going to change, then it will start with us.

For more information, contact www.bmorenews.com at 443-858-2684. The Black Lives Matter EMPOWERMENT SUMMIT is a part of the ongoing ORIGINAL Black Wall Street SERIES *NYC *MD* *DC *ATL *NOLA presented by Bmorenews and its Partners. The series celebrates black entrepreneurs and professionals as well as the people who support them regardless of race. To date, we have honored hundreds in 5 major US cities.

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