Opinion / Editorial
FDHS males motivated by 100 Black Men of Atlanta
October 22, 2012Douglass High School
The 100 Black Men of Atlanta hosted a workshop for males on the campus of Best Academy last week. The purpose of the workshop was to provide exposure, to improve opportunities and to fight against the negative stereotypes that plague young black men.
“I received a lot of information that will assist me in my future,” senior Ramonte Butler said when asked about the experience.
According to their website, “The 100 Black Men of America works with corporate sponsors to deliver educational support services and unique learning opportunities that assist youth in achieving their educational goals. The 100’s education initiatives inspire confidence, create cultural awareness and foster academic leadership.”
Young men from several Atlanta Public Schools were in attendance and had the opportunity to meet millionaires who explained how they acquired their success. They also had a chance to hear from Armed Forces personnel.
Young men attended two sessions that were described by counselor Dr. Prater as “inspiring.” In the first session Army captains provided valuable information, such as the various levels of commands from private, sergeant, captain, and general offered. He explained that there are also specialized groups that young men can join such as rangers, military police, airborne forces, and the navy and explained salary ranges as well.
“Joining the Army is actually a good way to go to college. They are willing to pay for your education. No matter where you come from, you can become anything you want in life while serving your country at the same time,” Butler said.
In addition to the information regarding the Armed Forces, students were provided an opportunity to participate in conversations with several owners of McDonald’s Restaurants. They explained how they went from simple employees at McDonald’s and gradually moved up in the ranks to become owners.
“Their stories were very inspiring. They proved that hard work would eventually pay off and taught us about the importance of taking responsibility as a young adult. They started off as many of us did and are now millionaires. Exposure to those kind of stories makes me know that I can do whatever I set my mind to,” senior Winfrey Driver said.
By Zariah Lewis