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Politics Mondays: Mark Your Calendar, May 21, 2005, The Concerned Black Men of Philadelphia Conference

On Saturday May 21, 2005 I have the honor and privilege of serving as guest and panelist at the National Organization Of Concerned Black Men, Inc., Conference. This year's conference theme is "Mentoring the Youth of Today...Creating the Leaders of Tomorrow" and I have been asked to speak on the topic: "Race, Politics, Education and Our Youth---What’s the Black Agenda for the 21st Century?".

I hope that all of you, especially in the Delaware Valley and Tri-State area can join me and the Concerned Black Men for an important discussion and gathering. The conference website is:

Below is the gracious letter of invitation that the Concerned Black Men of Philadelphia wrote to me, followed by important information regarding the conference and its registration.

Cedric Muhammad


Dear Cedric Muhammad

Dear Mr. Muhammad:

Thirty (30) years ago, concern about the plight of Black children in Philadelphia’s toughest neighborhoods pushed five (5) African American police officers to come together and plan after school activities for local youth. Soon, other African American men from around the city joined them in “caring for our youth,”® and thus Concerned Black Men was born. Today, the National Organization of Concerned Black Men provides out-of-school enrichment and prevention programs to African American children from disadvantaged communities throughout the country. Through the work of a nationwide network of volunteers located in 24 U.S. cities, and an experienced and credentialed staff located in Washington, DC, CBM continues to work for an America where every child has a responsible and caring adult in his or her life.

This year CBM marks its 30th year of mentoring children with its 1st National Conference and Youth Gala Awards celebration. This important event will occur from Thursday, May 19 to Sunday, May 22, 2005 at the Sheraton Society Hill, One Dock Street, in Philadelphia, the city where CBM began its work with youth. The conference’s theme “Mentoring the Youth of Today … Creating the Leaders of Tomorrow” underscores CBM’s long history of making a difference in the lives of our Nation’s youth.

We very much would like to have your participation on a panel entitled Race, Politics, Education and Our Youth---What’s the Black Agenda for the 21st Century? This discussion will take place on Saturday, May 21st, from 1:00p-3:30p.

This national event will bring together the country’s leading educators, politicians, community stakeholders, philanthropic-minded celebrities and others to discuss today’s important issues affecting African American children and their families.

Enclosed please find a brochure on our Organization. More information on the conference will be sent shortly.

We hope that you can participate and offer your critical voice to this important issue. Please expect our call to your office shortly to confirm your attendance.


George L. Garrow, Jr., Esq.
Executive Director


On behalf of George Garrow, Esq., Executive Director, the Board and general membership of the National Organization of Concerned Black Men Inc., I would like to cordially invite you to attend our 1st Annual National Convention and 30th Anniversary Gala Celebration to be convened at the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel in Philadelphia, PA on May 19-22, 2005.

To register and learn more about the convention, please visit our official convention website at:

During the convention, we will present stimulating topics and discussions via workshops facilitated by local and nationally renown expert panelists, a town hall forum and other activates that will focus on pertinent areas and issues affecting African American youth and our communities such as the following:

* Solutions to Youth Violence and Violence Against Youth - We Can Make a Difference!

* Hip Hop, Rap and Media Images of Black Women: Isn’t It Time We Deal With This?


* Building Wealth in the Black Community: What’s the Plan?

To review more topics and events to be presented at the convention please click on the itinerary link when visiting the convention website


Please join us at this historic event as the convention is "open to the public". Also, we would ask that you forward this initiation to any contacts, organizations and/or stakeholders who would be interested in attending the convention.

Monday, May 2, 2005

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