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.”
“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.”
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.”
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.
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!
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.”
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.
“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.
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.
“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.'”