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Black men still more likely to die by police violence

A PBS News Hour article highlights the continuing disparity between the prevalence black victims of police violence and their non-black counterparts. Below are some highlights from the article.

  • “According to a study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences, over the course of a lifetime, black men face a one in 1,000 risk of being killed during an encounter with police, a rate much higher than that of white men.”
  • “In 2016, the Pew Research Center surveyed the public’s opinions about police performance and found wide gaps in perception between black and white respondents, said Rich Morin, a pollster and senior editor for Pew. In the survey, only 33 percent of African Americans said police do a good or excellent job of using the right amount of force in each encounter compared to the 75 percent of white Americans who believed in the judgement of police.”

Read the full story here.

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400 Years of Black Giving

Tyrone Freeman, Assistant Professor of Philanthropic Studies, Director of Undergraduate Programs, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indiana University, describes the rich, underappreciated history of African American philanthropy that began soon after the first enslaved Africans disembarked in Virginia in 1619. Robert F. Smith’s payment of student loan debt for the graduates of Morehouse College is an extension of that heritage.

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Black Philanthropy Month 2019

August marks Black Philanthropy Month, which was created in 2011 by Dr. Jackie Bouvier Copeland and the Pan-African Women’s Philanthropy Network to celebrate our tradition of lending our time, talent, and treasure to effect change in communities of color.

This month will culminate with the second annual Giving Black Day, a day to promote financial support for Black-led and Black-benefiting grassroots organizations. This year Giving Black Day will be Wednesday, August 28th 2019, a date chosen because of its historical significance in the Black community.

Below are some events that took place on this day:

  • August 28, 1955. 14-year-old Emmett Till was brutally murdered by three white men, which, became a “flashpoint in the civil rights movement.”
  • August 28, 1963. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his iconic “I Have A Dream” speech in Washington, D.C.
  • August 28, 2005. Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana. The storm, which devastated New Orleans, inordinately impacted many of the city’s black residents.
  • August 28, 2008. Then-Senator Barack Obama accepted the Democratic nomination for president, becoming the first black man to ever win the nomination and bid for the presidency.
  • August 28, 2018. The Young, Black & Giving Back Institute hosts an entire day dedicated to black giving!

Follow @YBGB_Institute on Twitter and learn more at the Giving Black Day website.

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Racial Equity Work is People Work

Borealis Philanthropy and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) announced Marcus Walton, Co-Director of Racial Equity Initiatives (REI), will be transitioning to a new role as the President and CEO of GEO.

Read Borealis Philanthropy’s parting interview with Marcus. In this interview Marcus shares “what he feels proud of during his time at Borealis, what he’s looking forward to seeing next from our racial equity initiatives, and what learnings he will bring to GEO.”

Interview with Geoffrey Canada

Online Town Hall With Geoffrey Canada

July 25, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST

Event sponsored by the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Alliance and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement

“Following the format of previous MBK Alliance town halls, Geoffrey will be interviewed by two dynamic young men of color; Senegal Mabry, Member, MBK Alliance Advisory Council and David Armah, President, Saunders Trades and Technical High School, MBK Yonkers. The MBK Alliance Team will also join to give a brief update on upcoming opportunities.”

To register for the town hall and to submit a question for Geoffrey Canada to answer, click here.

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Debunking Three Myths About Black Students

“No BS (Bad Stats): Black People Need People Who Believe in Black People Enough Not to Believe Every Bad Thing They Hear About Black People”, is a new book from Howard University professor, Ivory A. Toldson. Leaving out the bad (“incomplete, poorly contextualized, usually negative and sometimes wrong”) stats, the book highlights and debunks myths regarding black students and is driven by data, research and anecdotes.

To learn more about Toldson’s book, read this article in the Washington Post that highlights three myths that are debunked.

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Traveling While Black

Roger Ross Williams, the first African American director to win an Oscar, premiered his first virtual reality (VR) documentary, Traveling While Black, at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2019, in which the viewer starts their travel in the 1950s and moves through time up until present-day police violence.

“The VR documentary was based on a 2010 play called The Green Book which put a spotlight on America during the time of the Jim Crow laws. The play was based on a real-life road trip survival handbook published in 1936 by the same name that gave travel tips to help African-Americans avoid racist and potentially life-threatening establishments along their journey. The VR documentary is set in one of those ‘safe establishments’ listed in the Green Book, Ben’s Chili Bowl, in Washington D.C.”

To learn more about the film, check out the full story in Forbes.

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Leaders of Color Speak Out

“The Chronicle spoke with more than 25 leaders of color at nonprofits and foundations, people at different points in their careers, devoted to different causes across the country. The picture they paint isn’t pretty.

Leaders described feeling isolated, navigating difficult, racially fraught power dynamics with grant makers, and enduring affronts to their dignity — even having people touch their hair. In interview after interview, they talked about the need to prove themselves repeatedly.

‘It’s always about going above and beyond,’ says Angela Williams, CEO of Easterseals. ‘You can’t really afford mistakes because they’re not necessarily forgiven. It’s about dotting i’s, crossing t’s, and spending the extra time to prove that you deserve the position that you hold.'”

Read the full story here.

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Young trauma survivors heal themselves to help others

“I attended the graduation of the previous class last year, who gave themselves a name: the Healers. They went on to work as peer specialists and community health-care workers. Sometimes, they are sent to a gunshot victim’s bedside to help them through their trauma. Others help navigate the maze of the behavioral health and health-care systems.

Too often, said Casey Chanton, a project manager at Drexel, those positions aren’t filled by young men of color, much less young men who have been through the kind of trauma their clients see. The peer project hopes to change that.

Meeting the Healers was such a powerful experience that I wanted to follow the next class — the third in as many years — who have decided to be called the Game Changers. (‘The game is designed for us to lose,’ said Michael Luna, 30, one of the class members. ‘We chose the Game Changers because we’re going to change that narrative.’) And that’s where I met Nasir, back in May, who was only just allowing himself to open up to his classmates.”

This opinion piece in The Philadelphia inquirer highlights the stories of members of the Game Changers, a class facilitated through Drexel University’s Community Health Worker Peer Project, that aims to train young men of color to identify and treat trauma.

Read the the full story here.

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The Black Census Project

The Black Census Project, a project from Black Futures Labs, aims to set the record straight.

“The Black Census is the largest survey of Black people conducted in the United States since Reconstruction. Launched in early 2018, the Black Census Project asked over 30,000 Black people about their experiences, views and opinions about politics, society and the opportunities and challenges facing Black communities and the nation.

The findings of the Black Census clarify the diversity of issues that Black people across this country care about and reveal tangible solutions to some of the most pressing challenges facing our communities.”

Read the full report.

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