Contact: Kennedy E. Jacobs Sr., jacobsk@cookman.edu,  (386) 487-8763

The African American Family Institute (AAFI) presents the AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILY SUMMIT 2020, “FAMILY STRONG: REIMAGINING AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITIES.”  The Summit will be held, November 5 – 6, 2020, in Daytona Beach, FL.

According to AAFI’s Founder and Summit Organizer, Kennedy E. Jacobs Sr., Senior Pastor of Trinity City of Praise, Daytona Beach FL, “the Summit is true grass roots effort.” It grew from discussions with members of our community concerning the state of the African American family, specifically in Daytona.  They identified issues that were not unlike the issues experienced by black families in the U.S. generally.  The advent of COVID 19 has only exacerbated the already difficult situation for African American families in the U.S.  It has resulted in loss of jobs and greater insecurity.  It has highlighted the disparity in health care for African Americans, evidenced by the disparate death rate related to COVID in our communities.  “There was consensus among those that I spoke with that something has to be done to address our community’s needs. The idea of the Summit was birth from and supported by individuals who saw the need and readily offered their services.” 

The Summit is a first step, to begin a dialogue in our community, establish, goals and set priorities that will lead to action.  It is not by accident that the Summit’s focus is on families. Stronger families translate into stronger communities.  This can be especially true as it relates to communities of color where blight, underinvestment, and hopelessness have ravaged the hopes, dreams, and futures of many young African American Children. 

The objective of the African American Family Summit is to trigger changes in family dynamics through education.  If we have any hope to change the present conditions of our society, there must be greater efforts to understand African American culture and history.  There has always been strength in African American communities.  The foundation of that strength was the family unit, which has always been a broadly extended umbrella that welcomed everyone in. Paramount to our progress forward is the rebuilding of the family as foundation for community. We must address the reality of crumbling family structures in low income areas, and the lost focus on family in middle-class and upper middle-class suburbs. Family is the key to our cultural survival.  Our community, nation, world will not survive, let alone thrive if we don’t provide families the tools they will need to foster family security and renewal.  The African American Summit seeks to open dialogue that will lead to strategies that address the need of family first, and community. 

AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILY SUMMIT 2020
“FAMILY STRONG” REIMAGINING AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITIES.”

Florida, November 5-6, 2020
Daytona Beach, FL

Thursday, November 5,2020                                                            7:00pm
A Call to Healing and Renewal
                                                           

Word of Praise Family Church
101 Indigo Drive, Daytona Beach, Florida 32114

Friday, November 6, 2020                                                    

Hilton Daytona Beach Ocean Resort
100 North Atlantic Avenue
Daytona Beach, Florida 32118

Registration                                                                                          8:15am – 9:00am

Keynote Speakers and Panels                                                             9:00am – 4:30pm

“Concert of Hope” a Gospel Musical                                                  7:00pm – 9:00pm
Featuring, Pastor Kennedy Jacobs & Friends

Special Guest and Opening Keynote Speaker:

Dr. George C. Fraser, Chairman and CEO of FraserNet, Inc., a company he founded 32 years ago to lead a global networking and economic development movement for people of African descent. Born in Brooklyn, NY, he was an orphan and foster child for 15 years.

Dr. Fraser spent 20 years in leadership positions with Procter & Gamble, United Way and Ford Motor Company before starting his own business, FraserNet Inc. in 1987. He has written six best-selling books to include: Success Runs in Our Race, Click and most recently, Mission Unstoppable: Extraordinary Stories of Failure’s Blessings, a book he co-authored with Les Brown. Upscale Magazine named him one of the “Top 50 Power Brokers in Black America,” and Black Enterprise magazine called him “Black America’s #1 Networker” and featured him on its cover. Dr. Fraser has been featured on seven national magazine covers, He has received over 350 awards and citations to include: Induction into the Minority Business Hall of Fame and Museum, 3 Honorary Doctorate Degrees, a Chaplaincy and an Ambassadorship. He is a *Certified Financial Education Instructor and has an Insurance license. Dr. Fraser was named one of the best speakers in America and five of his speeches have been selected for global distribution by the prestigious Vital Speeches of the Day magazine, a first for any professional speaker in America.

Closing Keynote Guest Speaker: 

Keith A. Jacobs, President & CEO, On Track Life Solutions

About the African American Family Institute

AAFI is a community-based organization designed to create empowered, self-sustaining families. AAFI’s mission is to equip families with resources and skills needed to become well-balanced leaders. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/African-American-Family-Institute-105791631194354/ .

Summit Organizer: Kennedy E. Jacobs Sr., Senior Pastor of Trinity City of Praise, Daytona and fifty three year resident of Daytona Beach.  Mr. Jacobs is a graduate of Bethune-Cookman University (Religion & Philosophy), Howard University (Master of Divinity) and Regent University (D.Min ABD).