- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - Former Detroit Mayor Dave Bing is launching a program where successful black men will serve as mentors to boys in the city.

Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley reports (https://on.freep.com/1onvm2K ) a kickoff for Boys Inspired through Nurturing Growth and Opportunities, or BINGO, is planned Thursday night.

Bing, a businessman and former NBA player who spent seven months finalizing the plans, says “it’s time for us to give back.” Bing, who is black, says: “Our challenge here in the city and in urban America is that black men talk a good game and don’t do anything.”

Under the program, successful black men in southeast Michigan are being sought to work with 12- to 18-year-old students from Cody and East English Village high schools and MacKenzie and Marcus Garvey middle schools.

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Information from: Detroit Free Press, https://www.freep.com

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