NAACP’s McQueen to host ‘The Real Definition of A Man’
Published: Thursday, February 7, 2013
Updated: Thursday, February 7, 2013 00:02
As one of the activities during Black History Month, the NAACP will host a presentation on “The Real Definition of A Man” by youth activist A. J. McQueen at 1 p.m. Thursday in the Multimedia Room of the Student Center.
Alexander Evans, coordinator and president of NAACP, put together the event to help SFA students grow and get involved in their community.
McQueen will talk to students about his obstacles and how he overcame them to get where he is now. Even though the discussion defines a real man, he also refers to family issues and violence in his presentations.
Evans said the presentation will be “basically a discussion talking about what are good characteristics people see that make a good man.”
He said McQueen also will try to help audience members gain a “better understanding what women would like to see in a man and what men think it is to be a man.”
The discussion will be an open exercise for the audience to learn and ask any questions they have on their own definition of a man.
“I feel there is an issue with roles in our society,” Evans said. “With women getting more leading careers and goals, men almost have to compete to get back their roles. It’s almost like a threat to his role, and men don’t know necessarly to gain that leadership because it’s always been given. He may not necessarly know what to do to get where he needs to be.”
A youth activist and motivational speaker, McQueen was born and raised in St. Louis, Mo., and moved to Houston. During his teen years, McQueen was involved in gang activity that led to being shot. After he almost died, McQueen decided to change his ways.
McQueen uses speaking, rapping, poetry and books to demonstrate and help others be inspired. He has been featured on B.E.Ts 106 & Park, performed his single “No Sex” and also been a guest speaker at the Sintervention Youth Conference in New Haven, Connecticut.
For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs on the third floor of the Student Center.