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B-CU Host 2nd Annual Male Empowerment Summit


The University Will Host Roland Martin, Pastor Marvin Winans, Smokie Norful and Others for the
Three-day Conference

Daytona Beach, FL – Bethune-Cookman University is investing in the lives of the young men on their campus, as well as, within the community.  The university will host its 2nd Annual Male Empowerment Summit this week, Wednesday, April 29th – Friday, May 1st.  This year’s speakers include: President Edison O. Jackson, News One Now correspondent Roland Martin, Pastor Marvin Winans, gospel star Smokie Norful, Rhodes Scholar and FSU All-American Dr. Myron Rolle, NFL star Maurice Clarett and B-CU head football coach Terry Sims.  The three day event will feature several keynotes, panel discussions and activities for attendees.  The 2nd Annual Male Empowerment Summit is free and open to the public.

B-CU is excited to host this summit.  The organizers of the event feel strongly about the impact these types of venues offer men, especially the younger generation.  “There is so much going on in this country that is negatively impacting us as Black men.  We have to come together to encourage, educate and empower each other to go out and do great things,” says Brendan Johnson, summit chair.  “This has to happen now and it needs to happen often.”  The event will kick off with a conference opener with gospel artist Smokie Norful on Wednesday night in the Heyn Chapel.  The summit line-up is as follows:

Conference Opener
Keynote: Smokie Norful, gospel artist
Wednesday, April 29th – 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:45 a.m.)
Bethune-Cookman University Heyn Chapel
“Bowties & Socks” Prayer Breakfast
Keynote: Dr. Edison O. Jackson, Sixth President of Bethune-Cookman University
Thursday, April 30th – 9:00 a.m. (doors open at 8:30 a.m.)
Bethune-Cookman University Dining Hall
“Ascending to Greatness” Panel Discussion
Moderated by:
Roland Martin, Commentator for TV One and the host of News One Now
Maurice Clarett, former Ohio State and Denver Bronco Football Star
Dr. Myron Rolle, former FSU All-American and Rhodes Scholar
Coach Terry Sims, B-CU head football coach
Thursday, April 30th- 11 a.m. CCE President Banquet Hall 
Meet us at Half Court!
Pastor Marvin Winans
Thursday, April 30th – 7:30 p.m.
Richard V. Moore Gymnasium 

Summit Outreach
Friday, May 1st – 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Gathering time: 8:30 a.m.
Meet Outside of White Hall 

“Ascending to Greatness” Luncheon
Friday, May 1st – 12:30 p.m.
Presidents Banquet Hall - Center for Civic Engagement

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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship, and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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