13 Feb

For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Lee McDonald, The Renaissance Group (301) 856-8273,


Baltimore, MD, February 9, 2009 — On Saturday, April 18, 2009 from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. the Urban Leadership Institute, Heal Women, Heal a Nation, Residential After School Programs & the Institute for Interactive Instruction along with several community partners will host the Raising Him Alone Campaign Kick Off. The kick off is part of a larger conference focused on empowering women. The Urban Leadership Institute partnered with Heal a Women, Heal a Nation ( joined forces to provide an exciting opportunity for women in Baltimore, MD.

The Raising Him Alone campaign is designed to provide support and advocacy for single mothers raising boys. At a time when so much energy is focused on African American males, it is critical that we do a better job engaging parents around the unique challenges that face boys being raised by single parents. Raising Him Alone ( focuses on creating a safe space for single mothers to discuss parenting strategies, personal development, managing finances on a single income and a variety of other topics determined by single mothers.
The campaign kickoff will be held at Coppin State University, 35 West North Ave Baltimore, MD 21216 featuring a full day of workshops hosted by Heal a Woman, Heal a Nation. Raising Him Alone will host a separate workshop track for single mothers raising boys featuring an exciting panel of celebrity mothers who have raised highly successful sons. Panelist includes: Dr. Brenda Greene, Professor at Medgar Evers College and mother of Talib Kweli, Dr. Mahalia Hines, Retired Chicago Public School Principal and mother of actor/rapper Common and Sheron “Umi’ Smith, mother of Grammy Nominated actor and rapper Mos Def. The panel will be hosted by mother/actress/comedienne Meshelle.

Other featured speakers include: Cassandra Mack, author The Single Mom’s Little Book of Wisdom, Dr. Melva Green, Psychiatrist, Stacie Price, Visionary Financial Strategies, Inc., Darlene Brown, Divine Empowerment, Richard Rowe, African American Male Leadership Institute and Adeyemi Bandale, Men on the Move.

Additionally, the kickoff will feature a resource fair full of organizations dedicated to serving mothers and sons.

For more information on Raising Him Alone and to register for the conference, visit


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  1. Anonymous

    February 13, 2009 at 7:33 PM

    Wow! I am a single mother of 4 sons. I am not on welfare and I do not live in the projects. My husband and I are not together. It is difficult raising 4 boys by myself. I need all the help I can get. I will jump on the site and hope that you can come to my city.Lisa, Stress Out Mom (Tampa, FL)

  2. Kimberly Armstrong-Hughes President and Founder of Diamond Development Inc & ERV Advocacy Institute

    February 22, 2009 at 6:52 PM

    Thanks David for bringing the awareness to this critical issue mothers raising children/sons alone is one of the hardest JOB in the WORLD we are under valued, with all the challenges that we overcome and have to face on a regular bases, because some MEN have not taking on their responsibility and roles of parenting. We as a community and a society have to SET-UP OUR GAME, because if we don’t we all lose in the end. We can be the best mothers on earth but we can not teach our young boys how to be a man, but what what we can do is teach them to be great people and not to repeat the “CYCLE”. MAN-up, Woman-up, Step-up, Put-up, or SHUT-UP I will continue to support you on your journey.Join me on this site Meet the Author: Intimate Conversation with Kimberly Armstrong- Hughes

  3. Kimberly Armstrong-Hughes President and Founder Of Diamond Development Inc. and ERV Advocacy Institute

    February 22, 2009 at 7:28 PM

    Raisins Children alone is difficult, but we must never give up. Lets get back to the basics and create a sisterhood network where we all help to support one another. Like start looking out for each others children sometimes when we are at work ( FREE ), call each other and see if someone may need help, set up a little kitty of money that everyone my donate or give $5, 10 or 20 a pay and at the end of month see how much you have and who in the network may be in the most need. The money could go toward the children joining a sports team a school trip, ect… be creative.These just some suggestions that may help us to help ourselves so that we may not become so over whelmed and STRESSED OUT!!!!!!New!!!!!Book Release Late April 2009 Raising African American Sons ( Anthology) My Contributing Chapter”Enough Is Enough” Creating Boundaries For Our Sons Pre-order at http://www.diamondadvocateInstitute.comWarmest Regards,Kimberly Armstrong-HughesSocial-preneur, Inspirational Speaker and AuthorBaltimore, MD


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