Michael Emanuel Rajner

Ujima Men's Collective Conference 2009 for Black Same Gender Loving Men

Filed By Michael Emanuel Rajner | September 18, 2009 9:30 AM | comments

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Tags: Florida Department of Health, gay black men, HIV/AIDS, Palm Beach Health Department, Same Gender Loving Men, Ujima Men's Collective

Black Same Gender Loving men will meet in West Palm Beach at the Hilton Airport Hotel, September 25-27, for the Ujima Men's Collective Conference 2009.

UJIMA 2009 Flyer.jpgThe Conference will feature such speakers as Connecticut State Representative Jason Bartlett, Timothy Harrison, Ph.D. with the US Department of Health and Human Services, West Palm Beach City Mayor Lois Frankel, and the Palm Beach County Health Department Director Dr. Alina Alonso.

The Ujima Men's Collective Conference grew out of a need to address issues of high HIV infections rates among Black MSM (Same Gender Loving Men), but when we started to address those issues we realized there were a myriad of other issues impact Black men and HIV/AIDS was not on the top of the list.

The first conference was held in 2000 and it was called the African American Male Institute. The name and focus was later changed to on concentrate on Black Same Gender Loving men. Because, Black straight have many other avenues and options to congregate and talk, but these environments are limited when it comes to Black Same Gender Loving men. Our conferences focus on the whole man. Dare to 2B A.W.A.R.E. (Authentic~Whole~Accountable ~Responsible~Enlightened)

To learn more and register for the Ujima Men's Collective Conference continue to the jump.

The Ujima Men's Collective Conference plans to increase the involvement and support of Black men in the making the State of Florida a better community for Black people by impeding the spread of HIV/AIDS.

The conference will provide workshops, roundtables, presentations and other activities that will empower Black Gay men to develop strategies that address issues around substance abuse, domestic violence, spirituality, racism, homophobia HIV/AIDS, STD's and the impact on Black Gay Men.

The conference workshops, presentations and other activities that will empower Black men to strive to develop strategies to increase knowledge through our learning tracks: Advocacy, Leadership, Health & Wellness, Spirituality and Relationships.

Click the link below to download the application:

Ujima Stimulus Application - 2009.pdf


Below is the agenda for the Ujima Men's Collective Conference 2009:


Ujima Men's Collective Conference Agenda

Friday September 25, 2009

12:00 - 2:45
Opening Luncheon Plenary

Greetings & Welcome

  • Lorenzo Robertson Conference Coordinator
  • Sandra White, Executive Director United Deliverance Community Resource Center
  • Dr. Alina Alonso, Palm Beach County Health Department Director
Plenary Guests
  • Timothy D. Harrison, Ph.D - Office of HIV/AIDS Policy, US Dept. Of Health & Human Services
  • Dr. Brian Palmer - Gilead Sciences
  • Speaker Deon Davis - Author, I'll Find a Way: A Mother's Journey of Love and Acceptance of her Gay Son
2:45 - 3:00 Break


Advocacy & Leadership Workshops

3:00 - 4:30 Advocacy Workshop / Community Mobilization Workshop


6:00 -7:30 Town Hall Meeting (open to the public)
What's the "T" with Black Same Gender Loving Men?

7:30 Club 10 Meet & Greet


Saturday September 26, 2009

Workshop Topics

10:00 - 11:15 Workshops

11:15 - 11:30 Break

11:30 - 1:00 Workshops

1:00 - 2:45 Luncheon Plenary


  • State Representative Jason Bartlett, State of Connecticut House of Representatives and National Black Justice Coalition

  • Speaker Rev. Stacey Latimer - AIDS Advocate


2:45 - 3:00 Break

3:00 - 4:30 My Story: Life on the brink of Disaster Cleaning up the Clutter Beyond d-Up!

7:00 - 9:00 Screening and Q&A with Dwight "Allen" O'Neal Star, Producer and Director of Christopher Street the Television Show @ Compass, Gay and Lesbian Center, 201 North Dixie Highway, Lake Worth, Florida


Sunday September 27, 2009

10:00 -11:00 Spiritual Encouragement Breakfast Plenary
Rev. Ricc Rollins

11:00 - 11:15 Break

11:15 - 12:00 Wrap Up and Closing - What have we learned?
Lorenzo Robertson


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