Male Youth Gather for Annual Brothers’ Keeper Summit

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

ORANGEBURG, S.C. – SC State University recently hosted more than 1,500 students, faculty and volunteers from over 50 South Carolina schools during the annual Brothers’ Keeper Leadership Summit, which was held on Feb. 21-22. The summit was sponsored by SC State's 1890 Research and Extension Program.

2019 Brothers' Keeper SummitThe university has collaborated with school districts from across the state and abroad for the past six years to host the leadership summit, which is geared toward third through 12th-grade male students.

The facilitators for the elementary and middle school students' summit included members of the Call Me MISTER Program from SC State and Claflin University.

Terrance Tucker and Tim Bowers were among the notable keynote speakers for the high school summit along with the first female speaker in the summit's history, Chandra McPherson.

“What a powerful testament to see so many well-dressed, intelligent and dynamic young males gathered on our campus, eager to learn and engage with our facilitators. I am proud to say that the 6th annual Brothers’ Keeper Leadership Summit lived up to its theme, as it truly was a gathering of kings,” said Dr. Rashad Anderson, an assistant professor of teacher education at SC State and coordinator of the annual summit.

Anderson is also campus director for the Call Me MISTER program, which is designed to recruit, train and place more men of color in elementary school classrooms. In addition, he is the advisor for the 101 Black Men Society, an organization that Anderson founded to bring together black male collegiate scholars and leaders through service, brotherhood and transformative experiences.

SC State remains one of the few universities with a leadership summit that involves elementary and middle school-aged male students.

For more information about future summits, contact Dr. Rashad Anderson at (803)536-8490 or