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The Odyssey Project

Project One Event

As a follow up to the Project One at Ground Zero kick off on the 24th of October, the Endowing Hearts Foundation and The Odyssey Project 21​ are announcing the first follow up event that is a part of our ongoing program to retake inner city communities. The Project One Self-Discovery Lock-in is designed to engage at-risk males in the inner city. This event will take place on Friday, November 13, 2015 from 8:00 p.m. until 8:00 a.m. Saturday, November 14, 2015.

While the event will be taking place at “Ground Zero” in the South Park area of Houston, any young at-risk males from across the city are invited to register. Elucidation: If you know a black male or hispanic male between the ages of 10 and 15, they are at risk.

Stay tuned for information, but in the meantime, visit the event page and let us know if you are sending your kids. We are also looking for black men to participate in the event.

Project One is a national initiative to empower blacks to reclaim our communities and to take a competitive position in the geopolitical and socioeconomic dynamics that are such an immensely important part of our periphery. We have no power because we refuse to seize it. The way that we educate our children, the way that we approach the enigmatic issues that plague our community, the manner in which we view our filial responsibilities and more must all change, and it begins with the manner in which we engage our youth.

Black Men Lead, and this must be a theme as we move forward. It is no longer an acceptable course of action for black men to procreate and abandon our progeny. It is no longer an acceptable course of action to mistreat and disrespect our women, while daring to call ourselves leaders and kings. We will reclaim the roles of leaders, protectors, providers and coverings that we abdicated long ago. We will rise to the occasion. That is what black men do. ~ Dr. Rick Wallace, Ph.D.

*Endowing Hearts and The Odyssey Project have committed to sponsor 15 Boys & Girls Club memberships for deserving attendees of the event.

Please complete the registration form and submit it by the deadline: Click Here  to access registration form!

Or Contact Endowing Hearts at 832-418-9818


*The first $5.00 of every donation to The Odyssey Project and its programs, including the Black Community Empowerment Initiative will be allocated to sponsoring a one-year Boys & Girls Club membership for an at-risk youth in the inner city! The Boys and Girls Club has agreed to partner with us, allowing us to use their resources to facilitate programs we create to reach our children. This means that solutions for the problems that plague our communities will be designed and implemented by people who understand them.                             Donate ==> Here!

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Michael Jordan of Endowing Hearts has joined forces with Dr. Rick Wallace to present “Project One,” a movement to empower inner city residents in Southeast Houston to overcome the grasp of poverty and social oppression. Project One represents the launch of a program designed to expand to reach every inner city community in the nation. Southeast Houston, specifically the area of South Park around Albert Thomas Middle School, including the infamous VA (Villa Americana Apartments) is ground zero for this movement.

Project One is an event focused on empowerment. There will be music and entertainment to kick off the event, before getting into the meat of the matter. Dr. Wallace, Founder and CEO of The Odyssey Project and its subsidiary, The Black Community Empowerment Initiative, will be providing the keynote presentation, addressing the youth, parents and adult residents in the area.

Dr. Wallace’s keynote message will address key issues in the black community, including:

  • The black identity crisis
  • Self-hatred vs. Self-love
  • Economic castration and the need for black group economics
  • The power of community and the need for black unity
  • The mis-education of black youth in America and the solution
  • Restoration of the black family nucleus
  • and more

There will also be forum discussion, where panelists will address questions and concerns of people in the community.

The Focus of the Forum Discussion

The forum will cover the key problematic and enigmatic issues that plague the black community, including:

  • Restoration of the black family nucleus. The hostility and animosity between the black man and black woman is one of the most destructive forces within the black collective.
  • Individualism — the core cause of much of the divisiveness in the black community.
  • Self-hatred — we cannot expect our youth value the life of other blacks if there is an underlying hatred of self.
  • The Mis-education of Black Youth
  • Economic Castration and Social Engineering
  • Constructing a new black self-image
  • Consumerism
  • I am my brother’s keeper
  • A paradigm shift
  • Black Men Lead (The need for black men to step up and lead. What does it mean.)

Panelists Include:

Dr. Rick Wallace, Ph.D.
Dr. Wallace is a social strategist and published author, having published 16 books, including “The Invisible Father: Reversing the Curse of a Fatherless Generation,” and his latest book, “The Mis-education of Black Youth in America.” He has also authored more than 500 articles on the plight of the black community. Dr. Wallace is also the Founder of the

As a social strategist, Dr. Wallace evaluates the struggles of the black community to determine causation through the anatomization of a number of factors, including socioeconomic status, historical context, criminology, social engineering, hereditary traumatic transference, economic castration and the influence of cognitive distortions on the reality of the black collective as a whole. Through the Black Community Empowerment Initiative, he also designs, develops and implements programs for inner city communities. Dr. Wallace will also be the keynote speaker for this event.

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Maeva Jackson

Maeva Jackson is the founder of The Root-African Literature & Cultural Learning Center Home Educator . She is also a passionate activist, fighting for unification among the black community, Socially & Economically.

Maeva also promotes “Home Education” as an alternative to the mis-education of black youth in the public school system. She places great emphasis on the importance of black parents taking the primary role in educating our children. 





Warren Houston
Warren Houston ~ The People’s Law Professor

Warren Houston, the forum administrator, is the founder of The Peoples Law Study Groupand he also the founder and host of the Know Thyself Radio Show, which airs every Sunday night at 6:00 p.m.

Warren has been a constant source of enlightenment and empowerment for the black inner city communityfor years, and continues to be a beacon of light for those seeking a better way. He will serve as the administrator of the forum, added his powerful insight, while ensure that the dialogue stays on course.


More panelists to be announced…

When asked about the project and partnering with Michael Jordan and Endowing Hearts, Dr. Wallace responded, “When Michael Jordan contacted me concerning his desire to address the enigmatic issues in this community, I was immediately moved by the level of his passion and commitment to serving this community. I consider it an honor to be a part of the process of bringing his vision of empowerment to fruition. Michael is an exceptional young man that prefers to allow his actions to speak for him, and I have no doubt that he will be successful in all that he endeavors to do. I know that this event will be the start of something extraordinary. I have committed the resources of The Odyssey Project and the Black Community Empowerment Initiative to this endeavor. I invite everyone to come out and experience the energy, excitement and the infusion of power into the heart of the embattled. This is more than an event, it is the beginning of a movement. Welcome to ground zero!”

The partnering between Endowing Hearts and The Odyssey Project promises to bring about change in Houston and beyond.

Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan of Endowing Hearts ~ Event Creator and Host

Michael Jordan is a young black man who is passionate about the elevation and the empowerment of his people. This event is the result of his commitment to take action when he sees a need. As the founder of Endowing Hearts, Michael has consistently made his presence felt in the black community and among the homeless and needy.

Michael remains committed to being a catalyst of change within the black collective






Event Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015

Event Time: 2:00 p.m.

Event Location: Albert Thomas Middle School

5655 Selisnsky, Houston, TX 77048

For more information, contact:

713.979.6091 or 832.418.9818