Posts Tagged ‘News’

My Value as a Black Male Teacher

Read this PBS piece written by Virginia middle school teacher Ricky House about the importance of black males educators in his own life, and the impact he hopes to make on his students and his school as one himself. PBS reports the troubling statistic that only 2 percent of U.S. public schools teachers are black males, and House concludes: “While black men alone cannot change the landscape of our nation’s public schools, they most certainly are needed in America’s classrooms. This country must come to truly appreciate their value in the classroom and do more to recruit and retain high quality black male educators.”

Art for Justice Fund Established

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.”

Grants for Transformational Change

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.

New York State Adopts MBK

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.

Black Men Inspiring Hope

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.

Black Male Media Project

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.

Too Many Black Males Lost to Violence

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.

BMe Community Celebrates Unsung Black Heroes

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.

Philanthropy Must Embrace Discomfort & Change

Read this Huffington Post article on why philanthropy must embrace discomfort and rapid change on the road to achieving equity, and steps to move forward.

“…philanthropy isn’t always bringing the right tools to the task to solve these big problems rooted in social inequity, and sometimes our field perpetuates inequities in the communities we claim to care about. We also witnessed well-heeled investors and donors turn away from philanthropy to band together and get resources on the ground faster than our organizations ever could. And while we proudly champion equity, we were, as a field, guilty of not practicing it.”

Building Beloved Community Leadership

Read about CBMA’s 2017 cohort of 24 fellows taking part in the Building Beloved Community Leadership initiative. This leadership development experience is customized for emerging leaders in the Black male achievement field. The fellows will participate in a year-long Building Beloved Community Leadership Fellowship learning community that will help ensure individual effectiveness and impact in organizational leadership within the broader field of Black male achievement. A three-day leadership gathering in Greensboro, North Carolina with the Center for Creative Leadership and the Beloved Community Center will serve as a catalyst for this twelve-month journey.