Black & Brown Summit breaks barriers

By Zico Dumo - Staff Reporter

The multiple barriers that bar men of color from becoming successful in America will be addressed at next weekend's annual Black and Brown Summit in the Student Union.

The free summit on Nov. 19 will address the social issues affecting the success of men of color during a full day of workshops and speakers.

Rashad Norris, director of Community Engagement for Outreach Services, said it's important educate men of color on their rights, and show them the education to which they are entitled.

He said the system neglects men of color by creating social barriers that don't allow them to move on to become successful.

Those who are affected by these social oppressions don't have access to proper education, stopping them from getting a career, he said. In turn this affects their health, financial status and futures.

For seven years the Black and Brown Summit has been used to educate nearly 500 young men of color each year on the impacts of social constructs and masculinity. It also offers suggestions as to how they can move through these barriers to achieve their goals.

Speakers such as Kevin Powell, one of the most acclaimed hip-hop voices in America today, and Dr. Darryl Brice, an instructor of Sociology and Diversity and Globalism Studies at Highline will discuss their battles with poverty and how they found resources to achieve their dreams.

Norris said he hopes the summit will inspire young men to break the binds that hold them down by giving them the tools to do so.

This Black and Brown Summit is for Latino, African American, Pacific Islander, Native American, and Asian young men between the 9th and 12th grades. It will be on the first floor of the Student Union from 8 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Although the summit is free, participants need to register due to the limited space. One can register online at

The college also holds a similar summit each Spring for woman of color called Young Educated Ladies Leading. This year it will be on May. 14. It will critique life, education and careers social norms that inhibit young women of color from being recognized for their success.

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