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    What Is Love, Really?

    “If I asked you all right now what love is, would you say it’s about a commitment to relationship? Would you say that relationship is about a commitment to specificity, and would you say that specificity is what we are lacking right now?” — Xavier Ramey. Watch Ramey share his thoughts on Black man and love at "The Meaning of Manhood."

    Xavier Ramey
    Founder & CEO, Justice Informed

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    Get to know our community partners in attendance at "The Meaning of Manhood," then get involved to support their missions:

    I Am A Gentleman

    BAM — Becoming A Man

    Urban Prep

    Common Ground


    Bond Elementary School

    Kuumba Lynx

    Mercy Home for Boys and Girls


    The Meaning of Manhood and the Evolution of Black Masculinity

    DeVon Franklin
    President & CEO, Franklin Entertainment; Author; and Spiritual Success Coach
    Charlamagne Tha God
    Author and Media Personality
    Xavier Ramey
    Founder & CEO, Justice Informed
    Charles Jenkins
    Senior Pastor, Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church

    In celebration of Black History Month and hosted at the historic Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, Chicago Ideas is thrilled to present a program discussing the current state and future of African-American men.

    In the ever-changing landscape for the Black man, the road is increasingly complex. In fact, it will take on average 228 years to accumulate the level of wealth their white counterparts hold today. How can we remove the barriers to level the playing field? Is it possible to embrace the idea of manhood from the past and continue to evolve? How do we better love the Black men who are being asked to strip down and rewrite the meaning of masculinity, and in what ways do the men in our communities need to step up, reach out, and stay accountable? These questions and more will be explored during a lively, informative, no-holds-barred evening hosted in partnership with the F.E.E.D. Foundation. 

    The program will open at 6pm with a performance by the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church Choir; speakers will take the stage at 6:30pm.

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