New Report Finds Increased BMA Commitment By U.S. Cities

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JANUARY 24, 2018 at 8 A.M. Eastern Time

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Debayani Kar, (510) 356-7733, debayani@wonderforgood.com
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New Report Finds Increased Investment on Black Male Achievement in Cities Around the Country
Index Scores 50 Cities on Promise, Action Steps

New York, NY – Today, the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) released a new report that finds cities have increased investment and action to support Black men and boys in cities across the U.S. Promise of Place: Building Beloved Communities for Black Men and Boys gauges city-level commitment to Black males through a Black Male Achievement City Index, which scores 50 cities according to their promise in helping Black men and boys succeed, and outlines clear action steps to make further strides.

“As CBMA celebrates a decade of working to uplift Black men and boys as assets to our communities and our country, we issued this report to track city-level commitment, investment and action to advance Black Male Achievement,” said Campaign for Black Male Achievement CEO Shawn Dove. “CBMA’s core mission is to elevate the local leaders and hometown heroes that are driving this important work forward in their cities. With the field updates, promising strategies, and models of courageous leadership presented in Promise of Place, we are encouraged and emboldened even as we recognize there is still much more to do in improving life outcomes and opportunities for our Black men and boys.”

The second edition Promise of Place finds that, even as support at the national level is eliminated or scaled back, cities are leading the way to champion Black Male Achievement. The new report finds 62 percent higher level of engagement for advancing Black male achievement across all 50 cities included in the index. Detroit and Washington, D.C. remain the two highest scored cities with a score of 95 while Jackson, MS, Seattle, WA, Omaha, NE, and Mobile, AL had the greatest progression in scores since 2015. Cities not captured in the first report—such as Denver, CO, and Yonkers, NY—have since become highly engaged in leading Black Male Achievement efforts.

“We need every resident in every city to thrive,” said Michael B. Hancock, Mayor of Denver, CO. “We will not succeed if we find it acceptable to leave young men, young boys, or anybody behind. In Denver, we have scaled our investments in young men of color as part of My Brother’s Keeper or MBK. We share the vision of the MBK Alliance to make the American Dream available to all boys and young men of color by eliminating gaps in their opportunities and outcomes.”

Increased engagement and support is critical to counter the challenges Black men and boys continue to face compared to other demographic groups. For example, Black men born in 2001 have a 1 in 3 likelihood of imprisonment compared to a 1 in 9 chance of all men; 25 percent of Black children do not graduate high school on time, compared to the national average of 17 percent.

“Homicides remain the leading cause of death for Black males. Violence doesn’t just harm young Black men and boys—violence inflicts trauma on entire families, neighborhoods, and communities,” said Anthony Smith, Executive Director, Cities United. “City-led approaches are needed to reduce the barriers that Black men and boys face and build safe, healthy, and hopeful communities for everyone. We are encouraged by the widespread city-level engagement captured in the new Promise of Place report.”

The new report spotlights high-scoring cities and “Building Block” cities that represent model policies and practices as well as cities on the horizon—municipalities beginning to scale up their investment in Black men and boys. Cities were scored on: demographics; city-led commitment to Black men and boys; membership in the CBMA national network; local presence of national initiatives focused on Black men and boys; and level of philanthropic funding in this sector going to support local organizations.

Visit cbma.org/promiseofplace to:

  • Download the full report,
  • Browse the Index, interactive national map, and download scorecards for all 50 cities, and
  • Learn what cities can do to improve life outcomes for Black men and boys.

ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN FOR BLACK MALE ACHIEVEMENT:
Established in 2008 as an initiative of the Open Society Foundations, the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) is a national membership network that seeks to ensure the growth, sustainability and impact of leaders and organizations committed to improving the life outcomes of Black men and boys. In 2015, CBMA spun off from the Open Society Foundations as an independent entity that, through a national community of over 5,200 members and 2,700 organizations, empowers and connects local leaders and organizations to share knowledge, resources, and best practices to strengthen the field of Black Male Achievement. Learn More at cbma.org.