Black Male Summit at The University of Akron


Sept. 29-30, 2017 | The University of Akron

Join us for the 10th anniversary of the Black Male Summit — two days of leadership and inspiration from leading national experts in African American Male educational achievement. We together will discuss how to build better pathways to how we recruit, retain and graduate African American Males in higher education.


Hill Harper, MPA, J.D.

Award-winning actor, best-selling author and philanthropist

Black Male Summit speaker

Lamman Rucker, MEd

Actor, educator, activist, author and entrepreneur


Terrell Strayhorn, Ph.D. – Professor, researcher, edutainer; his research focus is on the factors that enable or inhibit the academic success of underrepresented populations in higher education

Curtis Mack, J.D. (UA ’70) – Nationally recognized labor and employment attorney, law professor, author, UA National Alumni Board member

Dr. Charles Modlin – Cleveland Clinic, one of fewer than 20 African American transplant surgeons in the U.S.

Luis Ponjuan, Ph.D. – Award-winning professor, researcher, scholarly writer

Brian Heat – Speaker, career educator


  • High school and college students
  • Educators
  • Counselors
  • Administrators
  • Community leaders


Participants may choose between two tracks.

TRACK I: General Conference Track: Participants will be provided with tools, practical training, and best practices through addresses and breakout presentations that address educational achievement among African American students.

TRACK II: Black Male Summit Academy and High School Track. Participating middle and high school students can attend addresses and breakout sessions that specifically focus on best practices for academic achievement.


DAY ONE: Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, at the John S. Knight Center in downtown Akron, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

DAY TWO: Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 at The University of Akron Student Union, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Includes lunch both days and parking on the second date. There will be a special parking discount for summit participants on lots near the John S. Knight Center in downtown Akron.

UA family:

UA students, free but you need to register.

UA faculty, staff and BMS Committee members, $40 | Register now DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS 5 p.m. WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 20

UA alumni, $50 | Register now

General registration:

Conference fee: $125 | Register now DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS 5 p.m. WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 20

High school student groups:

Conference fee: $25 per student, $125 per group leader | Register now DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS 5 p.m. WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 20

Limited scholarships available. For more information, please email Jolene Lane at

Group rate fee (10 or more):

Conference fee, $125 per person | Register now DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS 5 p.m. WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 20


General questions: Antoinette East-Jenkins, 330-972-6700,

Registration questions: John Alvarez Turner, 330-972-7008,


Thank you to our major sponsors:

Sponsor listing

We offer a variety of prestigious sponsorship packages. Learn how you or your organization can be associated with the 10th anniversary of this national event.


Courtyard Akron Downtown
41 Furnace Street
Akron, OH 44308
0.7 miles from the university

Hilton Garden Inn Akron
1307 E. Market Street
Akron, OH 44305
1.7 miles from the university

Sheraton Suites, Akron & Cuyahoga Falls
1989 Front Street
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221
4.3 miles from the university

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We are no longer accepting proposals for the Sept. 29-30 summit. Proposals will be available for our April 20-21, 2018, event on Oct. 2.

Black Male Summit 2017, our 10th anniversary