Kevin Powell's 'Black And Male In America' Townhall Meeting Labeled a Success

Approximately 500

people and 25 community-based organizations turned out Friday (June 16) to support

Congressional hopeful Kevin Powell's forum "Black and Male in America...A

Townhall Meeting."

The event, held

at the Hanson Place Church, featured five hours of discussion among attendees

whose ages ranged between 11- and 80-years-old.

The turnout for

the event, as well as the discussion made the meeting an “incredibly inspiring

event,” said Powell, who was also inspired by the panelists and attendees

during the dialogue.

“The fact

that people stayed from 7 p.m. to 12 midnight, talking, listening, and sharing

was an indication of how much people are taking seriously the major crisis affecting

Black males in America," Powell told "It's clear that

people want solutions and are bringing ideas to the table, rather than just

talking and venting. Friday night was a great kickoff to the year long work

leading to the June 2007 national conference that will be held in Brooklyn."

Powell is vying

for a seat in the 10th Congressional District in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The writer/activist

cited recent events such as 9/11, the war in Iraq and Hurricane Katrina are

as motivation for running, in addition to what he calls the " the exploitation

and manipulation of our values and our differences."

"I've decided

to do this because, as some of you know, I have been a public servant, in some

form, for two decades, since my days as a teenage student leader at Rutgers

University," Powell stated. "I am completely committed to the ideals

of freedom, justice, and equality, in America, and on this planet, and I am

proof that much can be achieved if we are determined to make a change, personally

and politically."

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