Black Men Rock event honors black leaders in the community
COLUMBIA - The third annual Black Men Rock event at Columbia College honored leaders in the black community Saturday afternoon.
"The actual concept of Black Men Rock comes from the fact that we have a lot of positive role models in the black community that the youth aren't aware of," event coordinator Katherine Wilson said.
Joe Collier, Lloyd Henry, Bill Thompson, Rev. Dr. Clyde Ruffin and Kentrell Minton received awards. Lindsey Rentals owner Sherman Brown received a lifetime achievement award. Keondre Harrison received the Youth on the Move Award for his achievements at Battle High School.
UM System interim president Mike Middleton was also honored at the event.
"A lot of the times we hear a lot of negative things about the black men in the community, but we don't hear a lot of positive things," event goer Kristian Wilson said.
"Black Men Rock is one of those events that says we're all coming together as you see here today, and we can make a difference in a positive way," Wilson said.
Wilson also said Black Men Rock winners and past winners are forming a community committee to discuss ways to improve the community and continue to be positive role models.