Helping Young Men of Color Beat the Odds

Event DescriptionThe Wednesday morning single session events share the theme of “Healing our Cities: Frontline Voices.”  In Minnesota and nationally, one in three Black men will spend time in prison. Save Our Sons (SOS) founded to change these statistics. SOS provides conversations, discussions, lectures, and face-to-face mentoring to children and young men of color being held in the Ramsey County Juvenile Detention Center. Through community building, criminal justice reform, publishing and public speaking, SOS works to help children and youth beat the odds and build lives of resilience and strength. In more than 30 years of service, SOS has touched over 2500 children and young men.

Event Information:Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 10:00-11:45 a.m., O'Shaughnessy Educational Center Auditorium, University of St. Thomas St. Paul Campus and simulcast online via Zoom.

Event Educator: As a young man headed for trouble, Melvin Carter, Jr. found his way out through service in the Armed Forces and through boxing. Returning to his hometown of St. Paul and its historic Rondo neighborhood, he became one of St. Paul’s first African-American police officers. Visiting the Ramsey County Juvenile Detention Center, he saw young men of color who could have been younger versions of himself. Determined to make a difference, he founded Save Our Sons in 1991. Now retired as a sergeant after 28 years of service in the St. Paul Police department, Carter continues to lead SOS as its executive director. His work has been recognized nationally. In 2010, he received the Natalie S. Bimel Award from the Annie E. Casey Foundation for Outstanding Contributions to Juvenile Detention Reform by a Community Member for his work advancing social justice for communities of color. Carter’s autobiography Diesel Heart was published in 2019 by the Minnesota Historical Society Press.

Fee for the event: $15.00 per person

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