What’s Up with that Brother! ‘Man-Up’ Male Empowerment Conference Held at UVI | Black History Month

The University of the Virgin Islands and the Virgin Islands Department of Education hosted a Male Empowerment Conference on UVI’s St. Thomas campus on Tuesday, Feb. 8 and on UVI’s St. Croix campus on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011. The theme of the conference was “Man-Up: Realize your Potential – Tools and Resources for Males on the Journey toward a Successful Life.”

The Male Empowerment Conference will offered insight and alternatives. The primary focus of the conference was on junior and senior high school males, young men who desire to get back on the academic track, and community leaders.

The keynote speaker for the event was Dr. Farrah Gray @RealFarrahGray . Gray was raised on the impoverished South Side of Chicago, where he defied the odds and became a self-made millionaire by the age of 14. Retired NFL Defensive Back Donovin Darius, who played with the Miami Dolphins, provided a professional athlete’s perspective. The internationally recognized R&B singing, rapping and songwriting duo known as Rock City (brothers Timothy and Theron Thomas) was slated to perform and to share their experiences as chart-topping producers in the music industry. Pastor Dexter Skepple of Speak the Word Ministries on St. Croix provided spiritual insight.

More than 1,800 young men from the Virgin Islands‘ public and private schools, on each island, were invited to attend the all-day networking and mentoring activity which brought men together to identify and change commonly held perceptions about what it means to be a man.


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