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Event on Police Shootings of Unarmed Black Males

“A sequence of recent high-profile shootings has sparked a national conversation on the treatment and perceived value of black males, as well as the legitimacy of lethal force by police.”

The Race, Prosperity, and Inclusion Initiative at Brookings joined in on this conversation by hosting a moderated discussion which focused on the theme of “excessive police force against black males.” The discussion comprised of a panel of experts with legal, academic, and advocacy backgrounds.

This blog post in Brookings Now by Fred Dews highlights key points that were discussed during the event.

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A Conversation With Lori Villarosa, Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity

“Recognize that the leadership this country needs to move forward will come from those communities that have been part of the resistance throughout their histories — but that also have excelled at innovation, community building, and recognizing and appreciating the interdependence needed to make progress.”

Read this blog post in Philanthropy News Digest by Mitch Nauffts detailing his conversation with Lori Villarosa, Founder and Executive Director, Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity, on the topic of racial equity, racial justice, and the challenges surrounding this work in the “Age of Trump”.

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Kirwan Institute Launches Statewide My Brother’s Keeper Initiative

“’It’s not a single program, or a series of programs. It’s an initiative that sets to change the narrative about boys and young men of color,’ said Kyle Strickland, senior legal analyst for the Kirwan Institute. ‘That they deserve to have the opportunity to achieve their dreams, regardless of circumstance, regardless of background.’. . . He added that My Brother’s Keeper Ohio evolved from Kirwan’s own I Am My Brother’s Keeper program, which included hands-on services, such as mentoring and tutoring.”

Read this news article in The Lantern by Attiyya Toure discussing the launch of My Brother’s Keeper Ohio.

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Achieving Racial Equity Through Cross-Sector Partnerships

“Centuries-old wounds are still raw because they were not healed right in the first place. Here is the essential truth. We are better together than we are apart.” – Mitch Landrieu, former Mayor of New Orleans

Read this blog post in Philanthropy News Digest by Michael Gee discussing the economic impacts of racial equity, how philanthropy is addressing racial equity, and why we must act urgently to address structural racism.

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Mental Health and Black Communities

Listen to this Radio Times episode about mental health and Black communities.


African Americans are more likely to report mental health issues but are less likely to seek treatment. Racism, stigmatization, access, distrust of medical institutions, and cultural differences are some of the barriers that prevent African Americans from getting help when they are struggling with mental illness. Our guests are Philadelphia psychiatrists DELANE CASIANO and KARRIEM SALAAM, who are co-authors of the book, Mind Matters: A Resource Guide to Psychiatry for Black Communities and HOWARD STEVENSON, professor of Urban Education, and Africana Studies, and former Chair of the Applied Psychology and Human Development Division in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.

Webinar on Investment in Black Men and Boys

The ecosystem of nonprofit organizations in the United States is growing at a rapid rate, and the assets of philanthropic institutions continue to grow as well. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been invested by philanthropy into many of these nonprofit institutions in the name of change and social justice. Yet, a walk through any of the projects in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles or any other major city of the United States will quickly reveal that not much has changed for the residents of these underrepresented communities. Why?

In their latest article, “Paid in Full”, published by Stanford Social Innovation Review, Dorian Burton and Brian C.B. Barnes argue that there is a lack of dimensionality, authentic community engagement, and a neglect to map out a comprehensive approach to change that is missing from the strategies set forth by our philanthropic and social sector institutions. In this webinar, Dorian Burton, Chief Strategy Officer and Co-founder of TandemEd., and Assistant Executive Director at Keenen Charitable Trust, along with Shawn Dove, CEO of the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, Dr. Brian Barnes, Co-Founder and CEO of TandemEd, Trabian Shorters, CEO of BMe Community, and Anthony Smith, CEO of Cities United, will come together to discuss the importance of redirecting philanthropic investments for justice-oriented collective action and impact, and how that translates in the real world.

You will have the opportunity to learn about the seven elements of the paid-in-full investment strategy, and how to apply this approach to your work, as a grantmaker, nonprofit, government, or community-based entity. Finally, they will also talk about why investing in black men and boys is a key component of justice-oriented collective action, and vital to whole community health.

Register for the webinar here.

Widespread Trauma in the Wake of Police Shootings

Read new research sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania that finds millions of Black Americans could be suffering from mental trauma triggered by police killings of unarmed Black Americans. The report also stresses the need for ‘culturally competent health care’.

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New Report on ‘Economic Success for Black Men’

Read the new report published by the American Enterprise Institute exploring the factors behind economic progress made by black men in America over the last 50 years.

“The public conversation about race in America, and the fortunes of black men in particular, has been sobering of late, and for reasons that are all too understandable. But there are also reasons for hope and models of success worth dwelling upon when it comes to thinking about race in America. In particular, in examining the economic fortunes of American black men, we and that almost one-in-two have made it to the middle class or higher by midlife.”

Executives’ Alliance Launches New Website

Explore the new website for the Executives’ Alliance for Boys and Men of Color. The EA is an expanding collective of over forty national, regional, and community foundations that have contributed to and facilitated the development of key infrastructure in the field of Boys and Men of Color focused philanthropy.

A Decade of Work for Black Male Achievement

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.”

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