City councilman, activists, fraternities and a host of black males met Saturday in Houston at the “Smart’n Up” Black Male Summit that addressed the “unique needs” of Black males. With crime on the rise in Houston and the recent uprising in Baltimore, organizers say that there are pre-existing conditions black men face that need to be addressed.
"It's all about helping young men understand that there is a future for them," says U.S. Congressman Al Green who spoke at the event.
"It's important to me," says Jacobi Banks, a ninth grader who plans to attend Harvard Law School.
"Black male success means going against what people think," says Banks.