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The 2021 Black Lens Symposium Is Taking Shape

The 2021 Black Lens Symposium Is Taking Shape

Substantial Media, LLC the parent company of Substantial Magazine is gearing up for another “Substantial” event celebrating the rich history and amazing talents of Black men.

This years 2021 Black Lens Symposium will be brought to you by Substantial Media, LLC, and the Institute For Building Communities By Design, LLC.

In an effort to remain as safe and socially distant as possible this year’s symposium will be completely virtual,” said Greg Hedgepeth President & CEO of Substantial, Founder of the Black Lens Symposium. “We had an amazing turnout last year for our 2020 Black Lens Symposium that took place in February on the NC State University Centennial Campus—we couldn’t have imagined the events that would have unfolded shortly thereafter as it relates to COVID-19 and the loud outcry for social justice and equity. I’ll share I’m grateful that we were able to convene such a substantial group of thought leaders and community advocates to talk about the challenges, lift up the successes and identify the resources we need to continue to thrive.”

Greg Hedgepeth talks to attendees during the 2020 Black Lens Symposium.

The 2021 Black Lens Symposium is a series of panel conversations and keynotes around black duality, black centricity, black history, black reciprocity, and the future of being black in America. Join us as we discuss with a number of experts, thought-leaders, and community members across a range of sectors the following topics:

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We’ve had a heck of a 2020! We deserve and need spaces to talk about how we made it through and how we will continue to forge ahead. This event is geared toward Black men at the high school/collegiate level, professionals from a variety of spaces to include community, business, education, government, philanthropy, and non-profit—ALL ARE WELCOME! While the symposium will center around issues and solutions related to the black community, any and everyone is invited to attend and engage in the discussion. Interested but not yet ready to register, visit  

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