‘Don’t Let Your Past Or Present Define Your Future’ Is The Powerful Message Sent To South Memphis Youth through Local Program And Event

‘Don’t Let Your Past Or Present Define Your Future’ Is The Powerful Message Sent To South Memphis Youth through Local Program And Event
Reality Records, DULAA and the U CAN Be Movement present U CAN BE Memphis, taking place at Southside Park on South Parkway in South Memphis on July 23, 2016, hosted by Andrew McCraven and DULAA, featuring performances by True, C-Shelle 1D3, Pastor Boy and Choir Boy, Terry, DULAA, Pullen Project, Yella P, JE’Kentra, Mista Marshall, Feat Street Preacher, Eddie Starks Jr., MJ Urban Ballet, and South Memphis Robert.
The U CAN BE Movement is proud to bring U CAN BE Memphis to Southside Park in South Memphis for the first time.  U CAN BE Memphis runs from 12 noon to 5pm, with concerts starting at 1pm, and will feature DJ HitKidd on the 1s and 2s, live performances by local artists, motivational speakers, gift bags, food, and fun.
As an urban youth in Memphis, TN, U CAN BE Movement founder, Anthony “DULAA” Holmes’ early life experiences presented dangerous challenges but he was able to forge his compelling story into a remarkable career.  Although not a stranger to gang activity and violence, DULAA has defied the odds and broken the statistical mold to emerge as a leader, creating the U CAN BE Movement, which incorporates music, motivation, morals, and mentors to change the lives of inner city youth.
Improving the educational and employment outcomes of urban youth is critical if Memphis is to reduce poverty, crime, and social and family disruption, as well as, alienation.   The lack of education often means derailment of the American Dream for young people, and as a result, substantial costs to society.  In Memphis alone, 48% of 9th grade males do not make it to the 12th grade.
“I am a product of a checkered past, but know that with dedication and determination, one can overcome the stereotype and become a better person,” said Anthony “DULAA” Holmes, founder of the U CAN BE Movement.  “The children of the inner-city and of South Memphis should know that they can be whoever they want to be, without letting their present define their future.”
The U CAN BE Movement is visiting schools, summer camps, and community centers, as well as holding community rallies, in order to communicate this powerful message and spread the motivating phrase “U Can Be What U Wanna Be.”   U CAN BE Movement founder and event host, DULAA, hopes that this event will highlight the many positives existing in the South Memphis community, despite the negative portrayal the public often hears.
“By holding community rallies, we are able to raise awareness and involve the professionals who reside and work within that community, providing greater networking opportunities for the youth who so desperately need our help,” said DULAA.  “These relationships are the tools used to strengthen our neighborhoods and save our youth from a life of crime and poor decision-making.”
U CAN BE is proud to announce the following event sponsors:  U CAN BE Movement, Reality Records, DULAA, the Memphis Police Association Charitable Foundation, Sanders Catering, Neely’s Bar B Que, M Urban Ballet, V Wurld, MaXimize Logistics, and Good Samaritan.
“This program works in the inner city with the at-risk youth of South Memphis, where there is a great need,” stated Mike Williams, President of the Memphis Police Association, one of the event’s sponsors.  “We are obligated to assist.”
The U CAN BE Movement was created in 2005 by Anthony “DULAA” Holmes and seeks to inspire the inner-city youth of Memphis, TN through music, motivation, morals, and mentors.

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