Youth Symposium

    The Tampa Alumni Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and the GZL Educational Foundation, Inc. are pleased to announce the Youth Symposium, “MLK, Community Empowerment, and Social Justice Activism through Entertainment and the Arts.” Held on Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at Hillsborough Community College – Ybor Campus in the Ybor Room. The goal of the symposium is leadership development and empowerment of middle and high school youth and the program is funded by an MLK Day of Service Grant from Hillsborough Community College.

Throughout history, particular during the 20th century, African-American celebrities from the entertainment and arts fields have used their platforms to empower their communities and for social activism. Whether it was authors such as Langston Hughes, or Zora Neal Hurston during the Harlem Renaissance; or performers such as Paul Robeson, Josephine Baker, and Marian Anderson, did not hesitate to speak out against injustice, even as they too were victims of discrimination. During the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s, many African-American celebrities from the entertainment and arts were prominent supporters of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Entertainer Harry Belafonte, comedian and social activist, Dick Gregory frequently marched with Dr. King, along with actors Ozzie Davis and Ruby Dee. Today, celebrities such as Kendrick Lamar, Chance the Rapper, Beyonce, and Alicia Keys are among those noted for their social justice and community empowerment activism.

Attendees will learn about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and will discuss socially active celebrities past and present, including those that supported Dr. King. The program will include a panel discussion on Community Empowerment and Social Justice Activism. Panelists will be Phillip Walker – Lakeland City Commissioner, Ed Narain – Former Member of the State of Florida House of Representatives, and Jordan Greer – President Florida State University NAACP Student Chapter. The event will include a DeeJay, music, interactive exercises, food, and prizes.

  This event is open to individual students and youth groups. The event is free but registration via Eventbrite ( is required For more information, please call (813) 841-6548

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