Father of Trayvon Martin to speak at local book launch

| February 19, 2014
Trayvon Martin with his father, Tracy Martin.

Trayvon Martin with his father, Tracy Martin. (Facebook)

FORT WAYNE—On Feb. 26, America and the world was set to commemorate the second anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death, a 17-year old African American male who whose life was violently taken from him after being profiled, pursued, attacked, shot and killed as he walked home from a convenience store. In his commitment to transform tragedy into change, Mr. Tracy Martin, the father of Trayvon Martin, will speak about the legacy of his son and need for societal change in the way children, particularly young men of color, are regarded and treated in American society, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., on that tragic anniversary date in the Johnny Appleseed Room of the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave., in Fort Wayne.

Mr. Martin’s address is part of the book launch of “Burden of Hope: Transition, Retention, and Collegiate Black Men” by Dr. Oscar J. Dowdell-Underwood.

Dr. Oscar Underwood

Dr. Oscar Dowdell-Underwood

In “Burden of Hope: Transition, Retention, and Collegiate Black Men,” Dr. Dowdell-Underwood presents groundbreaking research that calls for a paradigmatic shift in the way American higher education institutions relate to black collegiate males in attempts to increase college transition, retention and persistence. Dr. Dowdell-Underwood’s life work is dedicated to maximizing the human potential of children and students, especially young men of color, who are disproportionately impacted by societal infrastructures, such as bias, violence, and poverty, which threaten their opportunity realize their inherent power and fulfill their burden of hope.

Oscar J. Dowdell-Underwood & Associates LLC is sponsoring the book launch of “Burden of Hope: Transition, Retention, and Collegiate Black Men” as part of its celebration of Black History Month.

For more information about this event, please call (260) 633-1373.

For more information about the author, Dr. Oscar Dowdell-Underwood, please visit: www.oscardowdell-underwood.com.

For more information about the speaker, Tracy Martin, please visit www.apbspeakers.com.

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