Since 2010, the Campaign for Black Male Achievement has brought together Black leaders and advocates for “Rumble Young Man, Rumble!”—an annual event that aims to create a meeting place for Black men and boys across the country. On November 29, the national membership network kicked off its 7th annual event, continuing its mission to “share promising practices” with Black male youth.

The event, which was developed by CBMA CEO Shawn Dove and Rev. Dr. Alfonso Wyatt of Strategic Destiny LLC, was created in the spirit of Muhammad Ali. Originated in Louisville, Ky.’s Muhammad Ali Center—which CBMA calls the “epicenter for Black Male Achievement”— Rumble was brought to Detroit for the first time in July 2017.

“Shifting the trajectory of Black males in America can’t be done without local leaders and hometown heroes who are driving this work on the ground,” Dove tells CASSIUS. “CBMA is excited to celebrate the dynamic leaders at Rumble, and especially to have youth fully integrated and engaged to experience this powerful community and leadership-building opportunity.”

Dr. Torie Weiston-Serdan, Founder of the Claremont, Calif.-based Youth Mentoring Action Network and Author of Critical Mentoring: A Practical Guide, adds that the importance of events such as Rumble lies within “the healing aspect.”

“There’s a weight that we’re all carrying around all the time,” Weiston-Serdan says. “This is the one time of year where there’s no battling, no second guessing. It’s just love and being loved, and it’s so important to feed our spirits in that way.”

This year’s Louisville “Rumble” took place from November 29-December 1. Check out photos from the event below.

Source: Salahadeen Betts / Campaign For Black Male Achievement