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OUR TURN: Urban Congress

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Let’s talk about something positive that is happening in our community this weekend. MetroMorphosis, a non-profit in Baton Rouge, is hosting a conference on the state of African American males in our community.

Reservations for the event have already reached maximum capacity and those in attendance will include the leaders of local businesses, government officials and others from religious and community organizations. They’re all coming together to address an issue that causes a lot of pain and suffering in our community - specifically the poor outcomes for many African American boys and men.

The group cites statistics showing that 40 percent of African American teenage boys who enter the ninth grade do not graduate and that Black boys and men here are 70 percent more likely to be incarcerated. The group’s goal is to facilitate dialogue that leads to action and long-term improvement.

We’re glad there are people in our community who see the need for progress and we applaud their initiative.

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