The Ebony Tie Affair marked their 4th annual (ETA) Youth Luncheon

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William Penn senior and Club of gentlemen member James Johnson listens to the panelist during The Fourth Annual Ebony Tie Affair luncheon held Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 at the Bank of America building on the campus of Delaware State Univ. in Dover Delaware. Special to DETV/SAQUAN STIMPSON

William Penn senior and Club of Gentlemen member James Johnson listens to the panelists during The Fourth Annual Ebony Tie Affair Youth Luncheon held Saturday, November 21, 2015 at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Center on the campus of Delaware State University in Dover, Delaware..
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On Saturday, November 21, 2015, The Ebony Tie Affair (ETA) marked their 4th Annual Youth Luncheon which featured panelists Charles A. Madden of the Wilmington Hope Commission, Mr. Faheem Akil, Sector 1 Captain of Wilmington Police Department, The Honorable Jea Street, New Castle County Councilman for the 10th District, Dr. Lamont Browne, Executive Director of Eastside Charter School, and Norman Griffiths, Esquire, Retired Attorney with DuPont de Nemours & Company, and former City Council President for the City of Wilmington, Delaware.

Breakfast was provided while the student participants and panelists mingled with each other. Over eighty young men from New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties were transported to Delaware State University on Saturday, November 21st to be exposed to successful African-American men from all professional backgrounds–including law enforcement, education, non-profits, politics, and business. This was thirty more young men than the year before, when fifty young men showed up to DSU for the 3rd Annual event in 2014. According to Wali Rushdan II, Esq., the Co-Chair of the event “We had such significant interest in this year’s event, we actually had to turn away young men due to capacity limitations in our venue.”.

There was overwhelming support and interest from parents from all three counties. The 2015 panelists were extremely candid and very honest about their path to their success, while providing great narratives about their prospective career trajectories. The young men were really engaged and took in the messages provided by the panelists. Captain Faheem Akil also conducted a brief seminar on how to conduct yourself during a police interaction.

Eighth grader Jordan Brooks of New Castle County takes notes during The Fourth Annual Ebony Tie Affair luncheon held Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 at the Bank of America building on the campus of Delaware State Univ. in Dover Delaware. Special to DETV/SAQUAN STIMPSON

Eighth grader Jordan Brooks of New Castle County takes notes during The Fourth Annual Ebony Tie Affair Youth Luncheon held Saturday, November 21, 2015 at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Center on the campus of Delaware State University in Dover, Delaware.
Special to DETV/SAQUAN STIMPSON

“Every time someone tells you: You can’t do something, tell them to kiss you where the sun don’t shine. Dream your dreams and do everything you can to achieve that dream” said The Honorable Jea P. Street.

“There are people in this world who expect you to fail. They will look at your name, they will look at how you dress, listen to how you talk, and they expect nothing but failure. It is your job to yourself, to your family and any other black young man following in your footsteps to show the world exactly what you are capable of doing” said Dr. Lamont Browne.

At the end of the youth luncheon, the guests were eager to interact with the panelists, holding conversations, exchanging business cards, while gaining more in-depth details about the some of the panelists’ remarks and backgrounds. Leroy Tice, Esq. a 2002 alumnus of DSU andthe 2015 Ebony Tie Affair Chairperson, was in attendance. Attorney Tice imparted knowledge to the young men in attendance while indirectly recruiting some of the young men to attend DSU in the near future.

William Penn Senior Chris Gilles said after hearing one of the panelist use the word mediocrity ” Don’t do yourself a disservice. You want to touch the sky but you’re not off the ground yet……….deep”

The Ebony Tie Affair Youth Luncheon Committee is comprised of distinguished black gentlemen. They are Wali Rushdan II, Esq., Attorney at Fox Rothschild LLP (Co-Chair), Victor Santos, Director of Government and Community Relations at Delaware State University (Co-Chair), Dr. Carlton Lampkins, Deputy Superintendent, Colonial School District, Mr. Dwayne Powell, Pastor Dupree Johnson, and Devon Sivels, Admissions Counselor at Delaware State University. These men worked tirelessly to draw interest from young men in all three counties of the state of Delaware.

There is a value this committee brings to the community. That value shows up as discipline, exposure, commitment, dedication & hard work through mentoring and community service.

No awards are given, No awards are expected; The reward is the service to the community through service.

 

Saquan Stimpson.

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