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UMES Examines “State” of Young Black Men

  • Monday, February 12, 2007

    Princess Anne, MD- A panel of scholars and public officials explore the state of young black men during a colloquium at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Thursday, February 22.  The program, "State of the State of Young Black Men in Washington D.C., and Baltimore," which will be held in the Student Services Center from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., is free and open to the public.

    The colloquium, part of the University's commemoration of Black History Month, sparked from a conversation initiated by UMES President Thelma B. Thompson that centers on the article, "Be a Leader not a Follower," written by former Daily Times reporter Monique Lewis.  Dr. Ramona Brockett, acting chair of the Department of Criminal Justice, has brought that conversation full circle, bringing to the table experts versed on the many challenges facing young black men. Lewis' article examines the phenomenon of young black males and their progression in society.

    Scheduled guest participants include Maryland Congressman Elijah E. Cummings; Gladys Smiley Bell, director, Harvey Library, Hampton University;  Joseph Richardson, Ph.D., professor of African-American Studies at University of Maryland College Park; Judith Sachwald, director, Division of Parole and Probation, Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services; Garland Stillwell, Esq., senior associate, Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw and Pittman; Monique Lewis, Gannett Newspapers; and Anthony Lemelle, Ph.D., professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

    Representing UMES will be its president, Thompson and Brockett.

    For more information, contact Brockett at 410-651-8914 or


    Contact: Suzanne Waters Street, director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-621-2355,