The Root Presents manCODE

A multigenerational conversation convenes around the theme of “Black Men: Fatherhood, Love and Legacy.”

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    In our first six years, The Root presented an unparalleled series of successful “Young, Fabulous and Female” networking and educational events for our readers and extended family. And now, in addition to our continued focus on today’s black woman, The Root is highlighting the achievements and the challenges of black men in America with our newest forum: manCODE.

    Throughout this year and beyond, we’ll be writing articles, sharing videos and hosting discussions across the country that increase our—and your—focus and understanding of what fatherhood, faith, love and legacy mean and how they’ve evolved for African-American men, in an ongoing dialogue that covers how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go.

    Starting with our successful Feb. 3 summit of black men at Washington, D.C.’s Corcoran Gallery of Art—hosted by The Root’s correspondent, Jeff Johnson—manCODE is an opportunity for black men to talk openly with each other about how we strive to embrace the diversity within our collective, and to be better fathers, brothers, husbands, partners, friends, lovers, leaders and builders of our community. 

    Watch Legacy here.

    Watch Fatherhood here.

    Watch Love here.

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    Mentor Maurice Wilkins, left, and mentee Henry Bowe, a junior at Central High School in Maryland and Operation Understanding D.C. student, center, chat with other attendees during The Root‘s manCODE event.

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    Panel discussion

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    David Swerdlick, associate editor at The Root; David Johns, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans; Aaron Jenkins, executive director of Operation Understanding D.C.; the Rev. Tony Lee, founder and senior pastor of Community of Hope African Methodist Episcopal Church; Amadou Kilkenny Diaw, associate at Winston & Strawn, LLP; Walter Morris, senior managing director of Brock Capital; and moderator Jeff Johnson, correspondent at The Root.

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    Amadou Kilkenny Diaw speaks.

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    Moderator Jeff Johnson, correspondent at The Root, at the microphone

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    Walter Morris, senior managing director of Brock Capital, at center

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    Donna Byrd, publisher of The Root, welcomes attendees to the event.

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    David Johns at microphone

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    David Johns, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, speaks.

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    David Johns speaks.

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    David Johns speaking

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    “The Question Bridge: Black Males” exhibit at at the Corcoran Gallery of Art Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 in Washington, D.C. “Question Bridge: Black Males” is a collaborative, transmedia project that complicates traditional views of identity by exploring the full spectrum of what it means to be “black” and “male” in America.

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    “The Question Bridge: Black Males” exhibit at at the Corcoran Gallery of Art Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 in Washington, D.C. “Question Bridge: Black Males” is a collaborative, transmedia project that complicates traditional views of identity by exploring the full spectrum of what it means to be “black” and “male” in America.

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    “The Question Bridge: Black Males” exhibit at at the Corcoran Gallery of Art Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 in Washington, D.C. “Question Bridge: Black Males” is a collaborative, transmedia project that complicates traditional views of identity by exploring the full spectrum of what it means to be “black” and “male” in America.

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    “The Question Bridge: Black Males” exhibit at at the Corcoran Gallery of Art Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 in Washington, D.C. “Question Bridge: Black Males” is a collaborative, transmedia project that complicates traditional views of identity by exploring the full spectrum of what it means to be “black” and “male” in America.

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    The reception

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    The reception

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    Michael L. Chambers II of Humanities Council of Washington D.C., who is featured in the “Question Bridge: Black Males” exhibit, samples food during the reception.

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