Rally Sunday to promote BMW Academy efforts

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)A community group will hold a rally Sunday in downtown Lexington to promote efforts to promote opportunity for young Black men.

The Black Males Working — BMW —  Academy will host a “Save Our Sons” Rally on Sunday, July 12 at 12:30 p.m. at the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse in downtown Lexington. 

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“The primary purpose of the “Saving Our Sons” event is to reclaim and re-invest in our African American males in the city of Lexington and assist them in navigating through the societal challenges such as institutional racism, LWB (Living While Black), police brutality, low academic expectations and mental health issues,” according Roszalyn Akins, the event’s organizer and BMW founder.

Amy McGrath, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, will join in the rally in support of “Saving Our Sons.”

“The rally will also highlight the work of organizations engaged in programs that support the cause and inspire and motivate members of the community. Sunday will be an opportunity to showcase the intellect and academic talents that our young men possess.   Many people in this city cannot or choose not to see African American males as Young Gifted and Black,” said Akins.

The mission of the BMW Academy is to educate, elevate and motivate young men of color to reach their full potential. The program serves young men from kindergarten through 12th grade.

According to Akins, through this 16-year-old initiative, community partners are taking important steps to connect with young Black scholars through mentoring, resources, and teaching life skills necessary to find sustainable employment, succeed in higher education or technical training and a find pathway to a better life.