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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – ASU's Center for African American Males is trying to change the mindset of young men in southwest Georgia.

Dozens of college and high school students showed up Saturday morning for the 2010 Spring Conference.

The young men attended a number of workshops to learn about things like money management and health.

This is the third year of the conference, organizers say it's instrumental in improving the outlook for young African-American men.

"We want to change what we see on the news every day and let these young men know that you are not those guys. You can do better than what you see, you don't have to bounce a basketball you can be a entrepreneur, an investor, doctor, lawyer, you don't have to be an athlete to be successful," said W. Frank Wilson, Director C.A.A.M.

This year 1968 summer Olympic gold medalist Tommie Smith talked to the group.

He and a teammate raised a clinched fist, covered in a black leather glove while receiving their medals and were suspended from the US team.

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