Al Dotson, Chairman of 100 Black Men of America, Inc. will headline a live Bev Smith Show town hall meeting, “The Disappearing Black Community – The Endangered Black Man.” The national radio broadcast will take place at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture in Pittsburgh on Friday 6/17 from 7 p.m.-10 p.m.
In addition to Dotson, Chef Jeff Henderson, award winning chef, best selling author and ex-jailed drug offender; Dr. Boyce Watkins, author, political analyst and social commentator; and Esther Bush, President of the Pittsburgh Urban League will join the panel. Also present will be Jordan Miles and his mother Terez Miles. In January 2010, young Jordan, a high school student, was beaten at the hands of White undercover police while visiting his grandmother in a predominantly Black neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Most recently DOJ decided not to prosecute the three police officers who were involved.
“There are far too many Jordan Miles stories in this country” said Bev Smith. “Looking at the status of Black men in America today, one gets the feeling that we have stepped back into the days of slavery when a Black man wasn’t safe at home or anywhere else.”
This is the third in a series of town hall meetings in conjunction with the August Wilson Center. The free event is open to the public. The broadcast will air on American Urban Radio Network’s affiliates which include WWRL, New York, WVON, Chicago, WOL, Washington, DC, WURD in Philadelphia, WAOK, Atlanta and WGBN, Pittsburgh.