Forum to focus on helping black men

The Fulton County Revitalization Forum will take place from 8:45 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Atlanta Technical College in the Cleveland L. Dennard Conference Center, 1560 Metropolitan Pkwy. S.W.

The forum is designed to explore ways to lower the prison rate among black men, increase their graduation rates and help reduce the number of them who are homeless.

"If the dire situation for African-American males is not proactively and comprehensively addressed, the quality of life for all Fulton County residents will erode, as will the county's services," said Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves, who is participating in the forum.

Other participants include U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), Georgia Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard, Morehouse College president Robert Franklin and Atlanta Technical College president Alvetta Peterman Thomas.

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