Dive in to the news that philanthropist Agnes Gund has given a $100 million donation from the sale of her personal art collection to create the new national Art for Justice Fund. In partnership with the Ford Foundation and Rockefeller Philanthropic Advisors, Gund’s donation will “provide vital new resources to organizations working to address mass incarceration.” Gund chose to give to such organizations because she believes “the criminal justice system in its current state—particularly in its treatment of people of color—is unfair and unjust” and hopes her fund “can inspire change and help pave the way for a better, safer future for our communities and the millions of people whose lives are devastated by mass incarceration.”
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Discover the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s plan to implement its “trailblazing” Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation framework in 14 places across America. WKKF is awarding $24 million in grants to organizations in Alaska, Louisiana, New York, Illinois, Texas, California, Virginia, Alabama, Minnesota and Michigan, with the goal of creating “transformational and sustainable change, and to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism” on a national scale.
Register for the 2017 Unity Summit: Investing in Movements for Equity. This year the event that will be held from September 17-20 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Participants at the Summit will discuss ways to align philanthropic investments with the goals of resistance, protection, and empowerment.
The New York State Education Department lays out both the milestones of the National My Brother’s Keeper Task Force created by President Obama, and the specific MBK initiatives New York has committed to. These commitments include ensuring equitable access to high quality schools and programs; expanding prevention, early warning, and intervention services; using differentiated approaches based on need and culture; responding to structural and institutional racism; making comprehensive and coordinated support services widely available; and engaging families and communities in a trusted and respectful way. This web page also contains links to further information about grants and recommendations from the Board of Regents Blue Ribbon Committee.
Follow coverage of a John Hopkins University study released in March that showed “low-income black students randomly assigned to at least one black teacher are more likely to graduate from high school and aspire to college. The researchers tracked through high school all 100,000 students who entered 3rd grade in North Carolina between 2001 and 2005. The results were especially profound in the early years: Having just one black teacher during grades 3-5 increases ‘persistently low-income’ black boys’ interest in pursuing college by 29 percent and decreases their chance of dropping out of high school by 39 percent.” This article highlights the inspirational work of Stephen Flemming, a black male teacher adored by his students.
Read the Huffington Post’s article about the Black Male Media Project, an initiative recently launched by the National Association of Black Journalists with the goal of positively changing the narratives around the lives and images of black men portrayed in the news media. The project used the hashtag #InspireBlackMen and included workshops, panels, events, and opportunities for networking and professional development, all centered around the promotion of diversity in the newsroom.
Read RISE for Boys and Men of Color’s publication, Advancing Culturally Responsive Evaluations for Boys and Men of Color. While BMOCs are the targets of many social programs and interventions, a dearth of high-quality culturally responsive evaluations exist on the effectiveness of various gender- and population-specific approaches for BMOCs to achieve measurable results.
Read this research brief on how race and ethnicity contribute to negative outcomes for LGBTQ youth of color – particularly for gay, bisexual, and queer (GBQ) boys and young men of color. The brief attempts to highlight the research that has been conducted on this topic, as well as the research gaps that remain.
Shawn Dove, CEO of CBMA, and Anthony Smith, executive director of Cities Unites, write in this Ebony article about how to prevent Black males like Markel Scott, who had focused on a bright future only to be cut down by gunfire, from being lost to violence. Relationships between law enforcement and communities of color must improve; public safety efforts must take place at the local, county, state, and federal levels; and we must invest in young Black men who reside in communities most affected by violence.
Read Washington Post’s article covering Trabian Shorters, the founder of BMe Community, a group that wants to change the negative image of what is going on in the Black community and focus on all the good being done by Black men. BMe Community started when Shorters surveyed 2,000 Black men in Detroit and Philadelphia, and was surprised to find all of them already involved in their communities yet society still doesn’t give credit for them being part of the solution.