February 11, 2015
Contact: Ashley Simmons, Office of the Mayor                 
704-336-3438 or 704-614-9116
CHARLOTTE, NC - Mayor Dan Clodfelter will join other panelists Feb. 12, as part of the first Leadership Conference on African-American Males hosted by the North Carolina National Alliance of Black School Educators' Affiliates (NABSE): North Carolina ABSE, Greater Charlotte ABSE and Wayne County ABSE. Over 350 participants are expected in attendance from across the state including students, superintendents, administrators, principals, support staff and community members.  
During the panel, Mayor Clodfelter will discuss why Charlotte joined the national My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) initiative to improve literacy and prepare boys and young men of color for college and careers.
The Community Town Hall Meeting is part of a two-day conference focusing on African-American males and adults with a theme:  "Racial Equity in Public Education: How it Impacts African-American Males."
The overall conference theme is "Educating African-American Males:  A Community Responsibility." Sessions will focus specifically on young men of color with interactive presentations on developing skills for college, career exploration, among other topics. Administrators, teachers and the community is invited to attend the conference. Dr. Betty Howell Gray is the NC NABSE Affiliates' Program Coordinator of the event.
WHO:  Mayor Dan Clodfelter; Bill Anderson, Executive Director, MeckEd; Kerr Putney, Deputy Chief of Police, CMPD; Rev. Loris Adams, Social Justice Advocate; Glenn Singleton, Founder, Pacific Educational Group; and the Honorable Kim Best-Staton, District Court Judge, Ann Clark, Superintendent, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS); conference attendees and community members. 
WHAT: Mayor Clodfelter joining panel discussion on “Racial Equity in Public Education: How it Impacts African-American males.”
WHERE: Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 3400 Beatties Ford Road Charlotte, NC 28216 
WHEN: Thursday, Feb.12, 5 pm