"Raising Kings" conference held this weekend

By Tom Lehman 11:49pm, January 16, 2014 - Updated 2:52pm, January 17, 2014
Organizers of an two-day event in Wilmington are hoping to reach out and inspire positivity among men and youth of color this weekend.

The "Raising Kings" conference is being held at P.S. du Pont Middle School and features speakers and activities aimed at promoting positive attitudes and images.

"It's really about bringing men and boys together in a way that speaks to and counteracts a lot of the negative images and stories and realities that we hear of every time we hear about black males in the community," said Chandra Pitts, who directs One Village Alliance, a group that promotes academic achievement among at-risk youth.

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Pitts said the event is also intended to promote meaningful interaction between youth and adults, who might provide examples as role models.

"We just want to bring the community together for productive, solution-oriented dialogue, but also to change the stories, images and expectations of men and boys of color," she said.

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Mayor Williams and New Castle County President Chris Bullock are expected to attend the event. Other guests include City Councilman Nnamdi Chukwuocha and his brother Al Mills, known collectively as the "Twin Poets."

The event also features basketball and a Madden video game tournament.

The conference is being held from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

You can get more information about the conference and registration on One Village Alliance website.

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