On September 28th, PEN DMV hosted their first Passport to Manhood Summit of the school year at Busboys and Poets.
The program hosted 40 young men from Dunbar High School for an afternoon with Community Activist, Tony Lewis Jr. and CEO, Candyce Jones. Tony Lewis Jr. discussed mass incarceration, drug use, and gentrification in Black communities. He also shared his personal story. Candyce Jones followed up with a discussion about the influence of social media, and how to use it wisely.
This event was described as “amazing.”. In addition to Lewis and Jones, the students had the opportunity to hear from Cameron Brannin, PEN DMV’s Program Manager and Dunbar alum. He emphasized, “life never gives you what you want. It only gives you what you fight for.”