Photography: Kim Weston

Hair and Makeup: Karaine Holness

Art Direction and Styling: Nathifa Akbar

May 4, 2018 - Crown Me King, A Legacy Unveiled

Black and Brown boys are fighting for their lives. for Boys Only in Grades 9-11. Please join us as we dive into the historical effects of trauma on the plight of black and brown boys of color.  Hosted by New Pulse Wilson-Gray YMCA Youth/ Family Center and presented in partnership with the University of Hartford Student Government Association.

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Wilson-Gray YMCA Youth and Family Center, Hartford, CT.


September 14, 2018-  Keynote Speaker

Conference brings together over 400 direct service staff, physicians, researchers, and public health professionals in the field of violence prevention/intervention to discuss innovative strategies to disrupt the cycle of violence and creating equity in communities of color.

Denver, CO

"This book serves as an invaluable resource to urban America. My job as a law-enforcement professional demands that I ensure that institutional racism has as little effect on my organization as possible. However, more importantly, as a father, it's imperative that each of my sons is empowered to take charge of their destinies, not simply by being taught how to navigate the turbulent waters which are continually stirred up by institutional racism, but to use those waters to guide them into a future where they have control over their destinies. Dr. Akbar's book is one such tool which I'm sure will help them get there."


Anthony Campbell, Chief of Police, New Haven Police Department