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Save Our Sons

Together we can prevent our sons from reaching the end of their rope. Inspiring them to develop into amazing individuals.

Save Our Sons (SOS) is a unique program that primarily targets African-American males, ages 18 to 34 in Memphis and Shelby County. The purpose of the program is to advance workforce readiness by providing life skills, workforce training, financial literacy, family building, and health and wellness resources.


Bernal E. Smith, II Empowerment


On Wednesday, February 28, 2018, the Memphis Urban League opened its Bernal E. Smith, II Empowerment Center in honor of the late publisher of the Tri-State Defender. The new center is an extension of the “Save Our Sons” initiative. The initiative is designed to advance the workforce readiness of African-American men ages 18-34 by providing workforce essential training and addressing the mental health and wellness of participants.

Smith was a member of the Memphis Urban League Board of Directors and a huge supporter of the Save Our Sons initiative. He had a tremendous commitment to mentoring young men in the  African-American community. Smith worked tirelessly to create economic opportunities for young men and he did so in style. Keenly aware that he was considered a public figure, Smith was always distinguished in his dress. Towanda Peete-Smith, Smith’s wife, donated over 150 suits, ties, shirts, and shoes to the initiative.


Memphis Urban League
Bernal E. Smith, II Empowerment Center
413 N. Cleveland Street
Memphis, TN 38104

Accepting Rack-Ready, Professional Attire


Save Our Sons Intake Form

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Get In Touch


413 N. Cleveland Street

Memphis, TN 38104

Telephone: 901.272.2491

Email: info@memul.org