SC State Forum Focuses on Empowering African American Male Success

Tuesday, February 20, 2007


ORANGEBURG, S.C.— An upcoming SC State forum focuses on empowering African American male success.

The forum, “Men’s Night Out: Empowering African American Males to Succeed,” features authors and motivational speakers Stephen G. Peters and Alfred “Coach” Powell as guest speakers.

The forum will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2007, at 8 p.m. in the Bulldog Lounge in the Kirkland W. Green Student Center. The event is free open to the public. For additional information, contact the SC State Office of Student Life and Leadership at (803) 536-7757.

Educator, author, speaker and leader Stephen G. Peters is president and CEO of The Peters Group and the Gentlemen’s Club, a nonprofit foundation for at-risk and borderline males in public schools. He is also a partner with CaseNEX LLC, an on-line professional development company, and is an educational consultant with Visionary Leaders Institute in Columbus, Ohio, and the HOPE Foundation in Bloomington, Ill.

Peters is the author of Inspired to Learn: Why We Must Give Children Hope, Do You Know Enough About Me To Teach Me and Engaging All Learners.

Peters has been a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal and director of secondary education. He has been involved in the education field for more than 20 years, and most of his experiences have been in schools that made significant growth in short periods of time, resulting in both national and state Blue-Ribbon distinction.

Peters has served on panels as an education expert with former U.S. Secretary of Education, Dr. Rod Paige and his revolutionary mentoring and self-empowering program, The Gentlemen’s Club, has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show as well as America, America, which broadcasts to two million viewers in Portugal and Brazil.

Best-selling author Alfred “Coach” Powell is founder, president and CEO of the Human Motivation Council, and serves as an advocate for urban youth, families, educators and service providers.

His groundbreaking research into street culture, the marketing of violence, irresponsible sex and chemical addiction to urban youth, and his 20 years of work in the trenches as a champion high school track and football coach and certified violence prevention specialist have earned him the title, “The Dean of Street Psychology.” His identification of at-risk behaviors prevalent in urban culture, such as Prolonged Adolescent Syndrome and Psychomedia Perpetrator Disorder (his terms), have empowered service providers, educators, clergy and parents to better understand and help urban youth.

An internationally recognized, award-winning keynote speaker, lecturer and workshop facilitator, Powell also serves as an adjunct clinical professor for the School of Social Welfare Health Sciences at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

At SUNY-Stony Brook, Powell currently serves as the youth director and coordinator for two distinguished annual conferences – “The Black Alcoholism and Addictions Institute” and “Counseling and Treating People of Color.” He is a distinguished professor and researcher for the State of Ohio’s Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program. He is the lead youth trainer and educator for Black Cops Against Police Brutality (B-CAP). Powell also serves as a consultant to the National African American Tobacco Prevention Network (NAATPN). A specialist in cultural diversity with expertise in African American and Afro-Latino youth issues, he consults with numerous school districts, social service agencies, faith-based programs and churches around the country.

A best-selling author, Powell’s books, Message N'A Bottle: The 40 oz. Scandal, Volumes I and II, and the forthcoming Hip Hop Hypocrisy: When Lies Sound Like the Truth, are widely used by clergy, educators, counselors and parents in their work with urban youth.

In 2005, Powell was selected as one of the “Top 10 African American Men of Dayton, Ohio” by Parity Inc. of Ohio.