The Morning Grind: The Pride, Power, and Privilege of Being Black in America

The Morning Grind:
A Three-Part Virtual Series about the Black Experience   

A virtual discussion series called The Morning Grind will focus on the pride, power, and privilege of being Black in America. 

On Monday, February 7, Soul2Soul Events and Communications Consultant Simone Swanson will lead a group of prominent Black men in Cleveland in a conversation on how to preserve Black men and the community. The esteemed panelists are PolicyBridge Executive Director Gregory L. Brown, Judge Michael J. Ryan of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile Division, CLE Consulting Firm Co-Owner and Managing Partner LaRese Purnell, Taussig Cancer Center Program Manager Aqeel Seals, and Nicholas E. Perry who is the Executive Director of the Mount Pleasant NOW Development Corporation. The Morning Grind conversations start at 8 a.m. Registration is required. 

PRIDE: Preserving Our Black Men & Community

An informative discussion to educate Clevelanders about black male leaders working locally to reshape poverty-stricken neighborhoods through philanthropy, business development, health, and education. A call to action for intergenerational communication and collaboration to foster a stronger and safer Cleveland.

Monday, February 7 | 8:00-9:30am

POWER: Black Women
Power Differently

This presentation explores the ways Black women are wielding power in their communities and how their use of power differs from that of other people. Included in this 90-minute event, participants will experience a combination of The Sisters Are Alright, Author and Speaker Tamara Winfrey-Harris facilitating a discussion, reading from her book, as well as diving into some interactive audience participation on the topic with her.

Monday, February 14 | 8:00-9:30am

PRIVILEGE: Black Privilege

Through the lens of privilege, a 90 intimate interview and engaging discussion around the education system locally and the impact of the pandemic on our youth’s ability to learn. Presentation to provide a historical lens on barriers to education and current resources available to support young learners through free local resources.

The first 25 event attendees will receive a copy of Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It by Author.

Tuesday, February 22 | 8:00-9:30am