Building a Beloved Community: Strengthening the Field of Black Male Achievement

“The barriers to success that black men face have been in plain sight for decades, so it is particularly heartening to see a movement taking shape that is specifically crafted to address these challenges and change the odds for one of the most disenfranchised populations in America…We are moving in the right direction, but we need to keep in mind that our commitment must be for the long haul.” – Geoffrey Canada, president and CEO, Harlem Children’s Zone

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Building a Beloved Community: Strengthening the Field of Black Male Achievement is a newly released report that maps the landscape of work in the area of black male achievement and offers recommendations for what it will take to strengthen the field moving forward. Based on interviews with 50 leaders in the social, academic, government, and business sectors, the report takes stock of the major sectors engaged in the field and examines opportunities for other constituencies to become more involved.

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Building a Beloved Community: Strengthening the Field of Black Male Achievement (full report)

Foreword by Lucy Bernholz

Executive Summary

Introduction

Part I: Mapping the Field

   Philanthropy

   Nonprofit Organizations

   Research

   Government

   Corporate, Faith, and Other Sectors

Part II: Strengthening the Field

   Change the Narrative

   Leverage Social Media and Digital Platforms

   Increase the Evidence Base

   Invest in Holistic, Preventative, and Systemic Solutions

   Invest in Organizational Capacity

   Build Partnerships and Networks

   Rethink Philanthropy

   Build Leadership at the Grasstops and the Grassroots

Conclusion: What Does Success Look Like?

Afterword by Geoffrey Canada