- to Helen Jackson, a guidance counselor at Valdosta High School,
- to Percy Chastang, a youth development coordinator at the South Health District, also involved in Poetic Magic,
- and to Pastor Angela Manning of New Life Ministries.
Here is MC Donald Williams introducing the evening:
The 100 Black Men theme of mentoring is ( “What They See Is What They’ll Be”) or, as President Roy Copeland says,
This theme was echoed by the keynote speaker, Georgia Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond, as quoted in the VDT:
“Rather than focus on those who should but don’t, I’m going to focus on those who do. I’m going to talk tonight about the men, like all the men in this room, who do. I’ve come to Valdosta to celebrate our men.”As you can see in the video, the VDT’s version is a loose paraphrase:
Here’s a playlist for the event. More videos may be added later.
Pictures and videos by John S. Quarterman and Gretchen Quarterman for LAKE, the Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange, Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 15 May 2010.