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National Day of Racial Healing

Join the W.K. Kellogg Foundation on January 21, 2020 for the National Day of Racial Healing. Tune into the livestream to watch the event, and see what other activities are taking place across the U.S.

This day is rooted in experiences for truth telling and trust building that lead to racial healing for a more just and equitable future. Racial healing is not only important, it is essential, because healing is at the heart of racial equity.

Black-Led Movement Fund

Borealis Philanthropy’s Black-Led Movement Fund has awarded $315,000 in renewal grants to seven organizations anchoring the Movement for Black Lives.   

The Fund is a donor collaborative that supports the Movement for Black Lives so that it can better shape policy agendas for Black communities, create alternatives to institutions that have been harmful to Black people, and build local Black community power. 

Grants were awarded to: Blackbird, Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity, BlackOUT Collective, Black Youth Project 100, Freedom, Inc., Southerners On New Ground, and UndocuBlack Network.

In addition, the Fund is supporting the growing international ecosystem of the movement with a $45,000 grant to Coalizão Negra por Direitos (Brazil Coalition for Life).

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2020 Young Leader Fellowship

Cities United is accepting applications for the 2020 Young Leader Fellowship in December 2019. The fellowship is an intensive six-month experience, providing the opportunity to engage with local leaders, mentors, and national experts and to deepen knowledge, skills, and networks. Young leaders will gain insights regarding Cities United violence prevention strategies, personal and professional leadership, policy and advocacy, and capacity building.

If you are a Black young adult (18-24 years old), interested in working in violence prevention and excited about working on behalf of Black men and boys, you are encouraged to apply.

Launched in 2011, Cities United is a national movement focused on eliminating the violence in American cities related to African-American men and boys. 

Disrupting Dehumanization

Dehumanization is the persistent invalidation of the humanity of another. It can be through perception or actual treatment. For boys and young men of color, dehumanization is the pervasive idea that they do not need and are not worthy of basic human dignities.

In November 2019, Forward Promise released a new paper, “Disrupting Dehumanization and Affirming the Humanity of BYMOC and Their Villages.” Forward Promise is a national program established to improve health outcomes for boys and young men of color

College Futures Foundation Awards $410,000

The College Futures Foundation awarded a two-year $410,000 grant to support the California State University’s Young Males of Color Consortium to improve degree completion for male students of color at five CSU campuses. 

Additional organizations have awarded funding to the consortium, including the Annenberg Foundation, which committed $100,000, and the Angell Foundation, which donated $150,000.

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Portraits in Color

Listen to this podcast interview with Michael Smith, ED of the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance.

“One of the  major catalysts behind the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBKA), an initiative of the Obama Foundation, is Michael Smith who serves as the Executive Director. In this episode, Michael shares his deeply personal experiences with racism as a youth in western Massachusetts and how some of these formative experiences fuel his social impact work. Michael also brings to light issues that disproportionately impact boys and young men of color and how MBKA is responding.”

Echoing Green BMA Convening

“More than 60 Echoing Green Fellows from around the U.S. gathered in Baltimore Oct. 6–8 for the inaugural Echoing Green Black Male Achievement (BMA) Convening to celebrate impact and drive progress toward advancing the life outcomes of black men and boys in the United States. These social entrepreneurs joined conversations with more than 100 partners and guests including representatives from the Citi Foundation, the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA), the Obama Foundation, and Kenan Charitable Trust. The BMA Convening was presented by Echoing Green with support from the Citi Foundation as part of the Inclusive Leadership Initiative, which works to expand support of leaders who represent communities of color, with particular emphasis on those who are creating employment opportunities for young people of color across the U.S.”

Read the full blog post here.

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Rising Voices Library

“Scholastic announced the Rising Voices Library, a new collection of books for K–5 classrooms containing high-interest, authentic texts that celebrate the stories of Black and Latino boys—some of the historically most underrepresented people in children’s literature. The collection was curated with David C. Banks, President and CEO of the Eagle Academy Foundation and Founding Principal of The Eagle Academy for Young Men, an all-boys public school educating young men in grades 6–12 in New York City and Newark, New Jersey. The Rising Voices Library features nonfiction, biographical, and fiction titles paired with teaching materials designed to help foster rich classroom communities through deep discussions about social justice and identity development, helping students grow as leaders and independent thinkers. “

Follow the links to read more about this announcement and the library.

Black Male Achievement Program Lowers Student Dropout Rates

The “Manhood Development”, was launched roughly 10 years ago by school leaders in Oakland, California. The program targets black male high school students and is taught by black male instructors and “emphasizes social-emotional learning, African and African American history and academic mentoring, drawing on culturally relevant teaching methods to counter stereotypes and create a stronger sense of community and belonging in school.”

“A new study led by Thomas S. Dee, a professor at Stanford Graduate School of Education (GSE), provides the first evidence that access to the program significantly reduced the number of black males who dropped out of high school. The study found smaller reductions in the number of black females who dropped out as well, suggesting a possible spillover effect.”

Read the full story here.

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Oprah Donates $13M to Morehouse

“Oprah Winfrey now has the largest endowment ever at Morehouse College in Atlanta after donating $13 million, according to a news release from the school. Winfrey visited the all men’s historically black college Monday for the 30th anniversary of the Oprah Winfrey Scholars Program, the release said. The program started in 1989 and the fund stands at $12 million. Monday’s donation of $13 million pushed her total investment to $25 million.”

Read the full CNN story here.

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