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'Rumble Young Man, Rumble' event seeks to improve outcomes for black men and boys

'Rumble Young Man, Rumble' event seeks to improve outcomes for black men and boys

More than 150 black men and boys gathered around a boxing ring in the City Hall atrium Wednesday evening to begin three days of discussions aimed at improving their futures, from education and fatherhood to business and networking.

The event, called “Rumble Young Man, Rumble,” opened with a symbolic ringing of a bell inside the ring. The “flyweights,” teens and young men, and “heavyweights,” those aged 21 and older, formed a semicircle to hear the goals of the gathering, to inspire and strategize.

“We didn’t establish this meeting to focus on peril,” said Steve Vassor, one of the event organizers. “When you focus on peril, you find exactly what you’re looking for. If you’re...

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