Adolph Brown, who was the opening keynote speaker for the Black Boys and Men Symposium, set the stage June 14 before he even took the stage at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.
At the introduction, a well-dressed Black man engaged the audience with a breakdance routine. When the song concluded, another Black man dressed in an oversized, long-sleeve t-shirt and baggy pants walked on stage, carrying a backpack. The man with the backpack had braided hair sticking up from a headband. He would later say wearing braids straight up was customary for his ancestors in Tanzania as they felt "closer to the Divine."
It was Brown, motivational speaker and founder, president, and CEO of the Leadership & Learning Institute. The well-dressed man was Brown's godson, Jahzeel Mumford, who travels with him to speaking engagements.