Alphas to show lives of black men

Roberto Hodge, Multicultural Editor

Students will be able to learn about what life is like for an average black man at 7 p.m. Monday in the Coleman Hall Auditorium.

Philip Love, the president of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, said students would learn through a Jeopardy-like game from a series of questions about what it is like to be a black man using real-life examples.

Topics of discussion such as how the judicial system has failed black men will also be explored, as well as famous black male icons. Students who participate will learn what black men go through on a daily basis that is both good and bad.

Love said the idea for the event came about because of African American Heritage Month, as well as what has been in the media concerning black males. The event is a way to educate on the different struggles or triumphs a black male may face.

Historically, black males have been perceived to be thugs, uneducated and hyper-sexual by the media, which is why the fraternity hopes to combat those stereotypes.

A typical day for a black male may include working to exceed the negative stereotypes placed upon them from birth, Love said.

Love said the goal is to allow people to walk away with a sense of what the typical black man goes through in a day, as well as learn about past events that have shaped black men into who they are today.

Roberto Hodge can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected].