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TED Speaker and Social Activist, Eugene Brown


Please join the Campus Activities Board and PRISM Multicultural Center as we host Eugene Brown here at Monroe Community College's Brighton Campus. His talk will be held on Tuesday, February 28th, 2017, in the R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center Forum (3-130), at 5:45 PM. Food and refreshments will be provided, starting at 5:30 PM, on a first-come, first-serve basis.

From his site, “Big Chair Chess Club":

“While spending 18 years in federal prison for making the poor choice as a 20-year-old to engage in the felonious act of robbing a bank, he gained clarity while having a paradigm shift on life. In doing so, he turned his life around and made it his goal to help at-risk youth avoid the all-too-common pitfalls in urban environments. In 2002 Eugene started the Big Chair Chess Club, a non-profit organization which helped get a group of teenagers off the streets using the game of chess.

Eugene’s insight on the urban subculture and the impact it has on lives of youth is unique and profound. He shares his experiences, insights, and potential solutions to address the behaviors of youth as they relate to the urban subculture, and the limited choices that many of them face. Although the choices are limited, it does not imply that a poor choice should be made, so Mr. Brown addresses issues of accountability and self-respect which many youth often lack in today’s society. Mr. Brown gives parents, educators, students, and youth concrete solutions to help elevate the lives of inner city at-risk youth in a positive direction despite the obstacles and challenges of their environment.”

We look forward to this wonderful opportunity and can’t wait to see you all there.

Peter Fiannaca
Student Life and Leadership Development
02/28/2017