Man-to-Man Action Plan: Leaders Realizing King’s Dream through Community Engagement

As We Empower Each Other, We Empower Ourselves

Northridge, CA, December 10, 2007 --( Start your New Year to unite and collaborate for change. As our nation pays tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. a meeting of the minds will be addressing solutions to the problems within the black community. Much more than a day off from work or school, this holiday weekend challenges us to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy by addressing community and national concerns through citizen action. The Action Plan will address several items (Academic Motivation, Career Awareness, Financial Literacy, Closing the Achievement Gap, Cultural Diversity, Decision-Making, How/Who to Follow, Leadership Training & Parent Education) that affect the state of the black community and provide answers to the problems. A five-point plan is the solution/outcome for the meeting. Let’s put our minds together for forward-thinking instead of intervention. We have the answers to the problems; let’s act on them.

In communities across the country, the King Day of Service will once again bring together people of all ages and backgrounds who might not ordinarily meet. Through service, organizing, and reflection, thousands of Americans will break down barriers that once divided us and establish ongoing relationships to promote better understanding. In the spirit of Dr. King's work and teachings, Dr. Norris (Rashe) Dorsey and The Brothers Speaker Series plan to unite a cadre of Emerging Leaders that consists of young professionals who are at a critical turning point in their lives and careers. They share a desire to unite and collaborate as a strategy to strengthen education as well as to address issues of equity, inclusion, and justice in local communities and in the larger democracy. They stand ready to engage culturally diverse leaders, people, and communities in service-learning. These Emerging Leaders include community organizers, teachers, spiritual leaders, healthcare advocates, entertainers, entrepreneurs, sports athletes, professionals and many others.

Dr. King was 34 years old when he told the world about his dream on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. He was 35 years old when he won the Nobel Peace Prize and only 39 at the time of his death. We can think of no better way to honor the life and legacy of a man who was himself an emerging leader who—when given the chance to step onto the national stage of history—helped lead a social movement that transformed our society.

Let’s meet on Friday January 18, 2008 at CSU-Northridge, University Student Union–Grand Salon Ballroom, 18111 Nordhoff Street Northridge, CA 91330 from 10am to 4pm. Free Admission and Food, but space is limited so please RSVP as soon as possible.

The Brothers Speaker Series
Dr. Norris (Rashe) Dorsey