Portrayal & Perception: A Community Forum

The multiple-part series explores how the media portrays African American males and how society views them as a result. The episodes also report on people and organizations working to spotlight positive rather than negative images.

WQED's Chris Moore hosts this gathering of citizens, community leaders and the media for a one-hour live discussion. Guests are: Heath Bailey, Principal of Sto-Rox High School, Dr. Rex Crawley, Robert Morris Black Male Leadership Development initiative, Kevin Carter, CEO Adonai Center for Black Males, Esther Bush, Pres. & CEO of the Urban League, Dr. Darius D. Prier, Duquesne University School of Education; Educational Foundations & Leadership. 

Portrayal & Perception: A Community Forum aired on Oct 25, 2012.


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