Author and youth empowerment activist, Lanre M. Lee, in conjunction with Southfield, Michigan-based Pace Academy (Dr. Joseph F. Pollack Academic Center of Excellence) and its principal, Damian H. Perry, will lead a motor coach excursion of 44 students (fifth to eighth graders) to Washington, D.C. The group will be in D.C. from Friday, Oct. 9 to Sunday night, Oct. 11, 2015.
While in Washington, Lee and Perry have arranged for the group to attend the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March, inclusive of its Unity Prayer. Following the March and its bevy of speakers, the young men will gather to discuss the importance of the March and what they are experiencing during the historic event. Additionally, on Sunday, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland’s 7th District, will meet with the young men after they attend church services at the historic Howard University’s Rankin Chapel. The group will also tour Howard. The young men will be videotaped throughout the trip in order to capture their respective thoughts/ideas about what they are experiencing.
“This will be both an exciting and educational trip for these young men,” said Lee. The young men will have an opportunity to see and hear African American leaders talk about problems and solutions that impact young black men in America. They will also have opportunities to talk amongst themselves as it relates to educational, social, economic, and spiritual experiences and empowerment.”
Lee is one of 31 inspiring national leaders chosen last year by noted motivational authors and leaders, George Fraser and Les Brown, to pen the No. 1 Bestseller, “Mission Unstoppable: Extraordinary Stories of Failure’s Blessings.” Lee’s contributing chapter is entitled: “A Better Man.”
Lee is the founder and president of Amp Up Leadership Institute in Michigan, which develops and facilitates transformational leadership seminars/symposiums for businesses and youth mentorships. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he received the Distinguished Student Leadership Award. He was also awarded the Rosa Parks Scholarship, which was presented to him by the late iconic civil rights leader. Professionally, Lee has received the McDonald’s Black History Maker of Tomorrow Award and the Detroit Rotary Club Citizen Award.
Pace Academy is the brainchild of Dr. Joseph F. Pollack, whose teaching career started in the Detroit Public Schools. He went on to serve as principal of Ann Arbor Pioneer High School, assistant superintendent of the Jackson School District, superintendent of the Ypsilanti Schools, and founder of the Charter Schools Office at Eastern Michigan University.