ABOVE: Deric Muhammad speaks to attendees
This past Saturday, November 10th, community activist Deric Muhammad hosted the Black Male Summit 2018 at the Lone Star College Victory Center, with speakers and presenters who changed the lives and minds of all attendees. “Smart’n Up” is a motivational saying designed to encourage young Black males to make better decisions. Muhammad named the summit “Smart’n Up” because he believes Black males have to be taught to make more intelligent decisions in life in order to fulfill their destiny and purpose in life. Young Black males, including middle school, high school and young adults, along with professionals and other attendees of all ages and backgrounds were on hand to take part in this powerful summit that has been making a real difference in the lives of every attendee. The summit was full of outstanding workshops and speakers, including Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. This open forum included candid discussions and attendees left the meeting with helpful information on the keys to survival and success during these challenging times for Black males in this country. Other speakers included Reginald Gordon aka OG1, Pastor Jamail Johnson, Arthur “Silky Slim” Reed, Attorney Justin Martin and many more.