Welcome Letter

COSEBOC 12th Annual Gathering of Leaders

Boys and Young Men of Color: 
Liberated, Empowered and Educated
Boston Park Plaza Hotel | Boston, MA |  May 29 - 31, 2018

Dear friends and supporters of COSEBOC,

Ron WalkerI am very pleased to announce the date and location for the 12th Annual COSEBOC Gathering of Leaders. It will take place in the great city of Boston, MA, from May 29-31, 2018. The venue is the historic Boston Park Plaza Hotel. The highly acclaimed Young Men's Passage will convene on these same dates in a nearby location.

The Boston Public Schools and the My Brother's Keeper Boston Program will co-host both events. These host partners are equally excited about the return of the Gathering of Leaders to their hometown. For any of you history buffs, Boston is a city of many "firsts". Here are just a few:
  • The Massachusetts 54th, the 1st Regiment of Free Black Men
  • Boston Latin H. S., America's 1st Public Secondary School
  • The Liberator, the 1st Abolitionist Newspaper
These historical facts also illuminate our theme for 2018, which is: Boys and Young Men of Color: Liberated, Empowered and Educated. The power of this theme will set the tone for a stirring, productive and engaging convening. I also predict that the impact of our collective and individual learning will continue the positive momentum in service of boys and young men of color across this nation. 
Every aspect of our preparation and programs will be inextricably linked to this year's theme. You will receive information regarding registration, lodging, the call for workshop presenters and vendor applications. Watch for updates here on our website and via email.

This letter officially launches the 12th Annual COSEBOC Gathering of Leaders. If you have attended a COSEBOC Gathering in the past, I am sure that you share in my excitement about this year's convening. If this is your first opportunity to attend, we welcome and look forward to meeting you.

See you in Boston!

Ron Walker
Executive Director