PRESS RELEASE: Darnell L Moore is Graduation Speaker at Brooklyn High School for Leadership & Community Service
Darnell L Moore, Journalist, Educator and LGBTQ Advocate, is Graduation Speaker at
Brooklyn Community Services’ Brooklyn High School for Leadership & Community Service
On June 24 at St. Joseph’s College
Brooklyn, NY (June 21, 2016) — Darnell L. Moore, the Brooklyn-based motivational speaker, educator, journalist and LGBTQ advocate, will share insights on marginal identity, youth development and social service with the 2016 graduating class of Brooklyn Community Services’ Brooklyn High School for Leadership & Community Service (BHSLCS) on June 24 at St. Joseph’s College, 245 Clinton Avenue in Brooklyn.
BHSLCS, located in Clinton Hill, is a joint venture between the New York City Department of Education and BCS. It’s a transfer high school for over-age, under-credited youth ages 16-21, who have either fallen behind in high school or dropped out. BHSLCS has a student-centered, challenging and personalized education that empowers young people to be fully participating community members, leaders and lifelong learners. Students earn a Regents diploma and are encouraged to transition to either college or a career.
“I’m advising the students to follow your passion. To chase it down and all else will follow. We are taught to chase the dollar, but chase your dreams and you will end up receiving more than a laborer’s wage,” explained Moore, a senior editor and correspondent at Mic and co-managing editor of The Feminist Wire. “You’ll receive a surplus only known to dreamers.”
A dynamic educator, Moore was a visiting scholar at Yale’s Divinity School and New York University. He taught at Rutgers University, Fordham University, City College of New York City and Vassar College and is presently a Writer-In-Residence at Columbia University’s Center on African American Religion, Sexuality, and Social Justice.
Together with openly gay former NFL player Wade Davis II, Moore co-founded the YOU Belong Initiative for LGBTQ youth and their allies around the country. The YOU Belong diversity initiative, which includes a sports and leadership camp, is a proactive response to the need for increased safe spaces for young LGBTQ people, especially in sports environments.
“The Orlando tragedy was a horrific reminder that we must love and protect LGBTQ people of color who fight through racism, homophobia, sexism and much else every day,” pointed out Moore, who is a board member of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at CUNY. “We can’t mourn their losses if we failed to love them fiercely while they were alive.”
Moore is a prolific writer and has been published in various media outlets including: MSNBC, The Guardian, Huffington Post, EBONY, The Advocate, OUT Magazine, Gawker, Truth and Out. He holds a B.A. in Social and Behavioral Science from Seton Hall University and an M.A. in Theological Studies from Princeton Theological Seminary.
About Brooklyn Community Services
BCS celebrates the strength of the human spirit, and in 2016, we celebrate our 150th Anniversary. Our mission is to empower at-risk children, youth and families, and adults with mental illness or developmental disabilities to overcome the obstacles they face, as we strive to ensure opportunity for all to learn, grow and contribute to ONE Brooklyn Community. To achieve this mission, we offer comprehensive and holistic services: early childhood education; youth development services and educationally rich after-school programs; counseling for at-risk families; treatment, recovery and job training to support the life goals of adults living with mental illness; person-centered rehabilitation and community living support for adults with developmental disabilities and disaster recovery case management and relief services. BCS also seeks to increase public awareness of the impacts of poverty on individuals and the community at-large. With a staff of over 400 and 25 program sites around the borough, BCS serves 12,000 people every year. Today, BCS is one of the oldest not-for-profit, non-sectarian social service providers in New York City.