Bankers Life Fieldhouse is where young African-American men showcase their talents and expertise in basketball, professional and college, or entertain through music and musicianship.  But recently the Fieldhouse was the setting for a gathering to unveil ways of helping all of Indianapolis’ young African-American males age 14 to 24 reach their full potential. A meeting room in the Fieldhouse was the setting for a Summit Meeting of community leaders.  Called by Mayor Greg Ballard, the Summit was both a part of the Your Life Matters® effort and the City of Indianapolis’ commitment to President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge. For the first time ever, AM1310 The Light received permission from Pacers Sports and Entertainment to originate the Afternoons with Amos Program from Bankers Life Fieldhouse.  But it wasn’t play by play coverage of a sports event.  But a discussion of the recommendations created by the Your Life Matters® Task Force and to hear reaction from Task Force members and community leaders in attendance at the morning and midday long Summit. Nearly 100 attended the Summit which featured remarks by Mayor Ballard and Michael Smith, Special Assistant to President Barack Obama.  Unfortunately, Mayor Ballard continued his four year old refusal to appear on Afternoons with Amos kept from being on this historic broadcast from The Fieldhouse.  But Michael Smith did appeared on Afternoons with Amos and talked about the President’s My Brothers Keeper Initiative and the Community Challenge which seeks to challenge cities, towns, counties and even Indiana Reservations to come together to create ideas, strategies and programs to deal with the challenges young men of color, including African-Americans, face in employment, education, the justice system, and more.  Appearing on the first ever WTLC and Afternoons with Amos broadcast from Bankers Life Fieldhouse were Your Life Matters® Task Force Co-Chairs  – Indiana Black Expo President Tanya Bell and Indiana Civil Rights Commission Executive Director Jamal Smith.  Also appearing to share their views on the Task Force’s 44 recommendations were Task Force members Steve Quick of AFSCME, J. Cornelius Brown of Health Net. Also appearing on the special live broadcast with Amos Brown were IMPD Chief Rick Hite, Center for Leadership Development President Dennis Bland, Rev. Malachi Walker of the youth mentoring program Young Men, Inc and Rev. Horatio Luster of the Ten Point Coalition.  Click the Media Player to Hear the Afternoons with Amos Broadcast on the Your Life Matters®/My Brother’s Keeper Summit on Indy’s Young African-American Men. ©2014 WTLC/Radio One.  Part One Runs 52 Minutes.    Part Two Runs 45 Minutes.

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Leaders Gather At Indy Your Life Matters® Summit; Radio Broadcast Discussing Solutions To Problems Black Men Face  was originally published on praiseindy.com