Jalen Rose will deliver the keynote address for the symposium concerning Black men and boys

Detroit native Jalen Rose, who played 13 years in the NBA, will be one of the keynote speakers at the national symposium concerning Black men and Black boys sponsored by Grand Valley State University.

The event will be held June 12-14 at the Amway Grand Plaza, 187 Monroe Ave., in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

This third symposium is geared toward helping educators and people who work with youth understand how historical realities have shaped outcomes for Black boys and men. More than 400 people attended last year’s event.

The event aims to bring national partners together to outline a plan for success and create a pipeline to include K-12, higher education, and beyond. 

In addition, the conference will acknowledge the historical realities that have shaped outcomes for Black boys and men to create new realities.

Rose played for the Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Toronto Raptors, Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, and Phoenix Suns during his NBA career.