Read this blog post by the CEO of the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, Shawn Dove, about the work they have accomplished over the last ten years and the challenges they face going into the next decade.
“We cannot embrace a celebratory mindset when we consider the paradox of promise and peril still facing America’s black men and boys — on the one hand, a groundswell of activity and investments in support of black male achievement; on the other, continued racism, concentrated poverty, police violence, and systemic injustice.”
Follow along as young men of color convene in Boston for the 12th Annual Gathering of Leaders: Boys and Young Men of Color: Liberated, Empowered and Educated this May 29-31st. Attendees will be inspired by our noted guest speakers and lecturers and will be able to choose from a wide range of innovative and culturally relevant workshop topics.
Track the event and conversations by following @COSEBOC or #COSEBOC12 on Twitter.
See the 2018 cohort for the American Express Leadership Academy at CBMA: Building Beloved Community Leadership. These diverse leaders, leading and contributing to BMA work in Detroit, Oakland, Milwaukee, Baltimore, Louisville and Greensboro will participate in a year-long learning community that will help ensure individual effectiveness and impact in organizational leadership within the broader field of Black Male Achievement.
See what community leaders in Louisville, Kentucky share their perspective on where we are, the work that needs to be done and the positive contributions of black men and boys in our community.
Read how a new museum and memorial in Montgomery, Alabama, are looking to change the popular narrative about race and American history by examining the traumas of slavery and their connection to the present.
Read about My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, an initiative of the Obama Foundation, and the launch of its MBK Community Challenge Competition.
In April 2018, MBK Alliance launched a national competition to identify and support several cities, towns, counties and Tribal Nations that accepted the MBK Community Challenge. We’re looking for MBK Communities that are making steady progress and have the potential to be proof points for what it takes to substantially improve life outcomes for boys and young men of color, especially as it relates to reducing youth violence and growing the pipeline of mentors having a measurable impact on boys and young men of color.
This Brookings article argues that “Breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty for black Americans requires a transformation in the economic outcomes for black men, particularly in terms of earnings.”
“Black Americans born poor are much less likely to move up the income ladder than those in other racial groups, especially whites. Why? Many factors are at work, including educational inequalities, neighborhood effects, workplace discrimination, parenting, access to credit, rates of incarceration, and so on.”
Read this NYTimes article that finds that “Black boys raised in America, even in the wealthiest families and living in some of the most well-to-do neighborhoods, still earn less in adulthood than white boys with similar backgrounds, according to a sweeping new study that traced the lives of millions of children.”
Submit an idea that helps improve outcomes for youth of color in Detroit. Detroit is experiencing a resurgence, but these new opportunities are not always accessible to everyone. Ensuring the inclusion of all residents, especially young men and women of color, is essential in our city’s recovery.
Since 2016, the MBK Detroit Innovation Challenge prompts Detroiters to engage with issues facing young men and women of color in the city and discover new ways to connect them with opportunity.
Deadline April 30th, midnight.
Watch CBMA’s Quantifying Hope Discussion from March 22nd in with Dr. Emmett D. Carson, CEO and President of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
CBMA is acknowledging 10 years of existence throughout 2018 and is committed to continuing to lead conversations that highlight the urgency of supporting Black men and boys and broader communities of color. During this pivotal moment, especially when a film like “Black Panther” is shattering box office records and Hollywood myths, they are building on the momentum of their work to forge partnerships between the philanthropic community and the many leaders who are driving change in the Black male achievement space.