The Urban League is happy to support BEAM (Black Educational Achievement Movement) and their first annual Middle Passage to Education Summit that was held at the University of Portland yesterday. As part of the growing Urban League Youth Leadership Program yesterday our middle school group participated in various breakout sessions at the summit learning about topics such as; Afrocentric Identity Development, Leadership & Personal Responsibility, High School & College Preparation, etc. The students had a chance to experience the Black History 101 Mobile Museum founded by Khalid el-Hakim and to hear from presenters; Mary Merriweather, Jason Stroman, Gloria Fluker, Marshawna Williams during their sessions. Our students also had the opportunity to meet special guest speaker, Professor Griff from the hip-hop group Public Enemy.
The Urban League of Portland Youth Program Coordinator, Byron Peterson, said, “The Urban League is happy to support BEAM and this great event for our youth. Middle Passage to Education Summit was a positive social experience within an empowering learning environment. We are excited for the Black Student Success Summit for high school students coming in March.” To learn how to participate in our After-School Youth Leadership Program visit: , or if you are interested in being involved in the Black Student Success Summit visit: .