The Promise of Place


The Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) launched a report that tracks and analyzes Black Male Achievement work taking place in cities across the U.S. The Promise of Place: Cities Advancing Black Male Achievement unveils the BMA City Index, which scores a city’s level of engagement and committed action helping Black men and boys reach their full potential. The report is the first step in a comprehensive strategy by CBMA to advance Black Male Achievement in cities across the country.

Along with the BMA Life Outcomes Dashboard, the report provides key baseline data for cities across the country to help accelerate tangible improvements in life outcomes for Black males. The report also outlines clear action steps to help cities make further strides toward responding to the needs of our men and boys.

The 50 cities selected in the inaugural BMA City Index represent 12 large, 18 mid-sized, and 20 small cities. These cities are collectively home to more than 5.5 million Black men and boys, representing more than 30 percent of all Black men and boys in the United States.

As Shawn Dove states in the report, “To use a financial investment analogy, I would emphasize that this report should be viewed more as a prospectus that shows the future promise and potential return to society from making Black Male Achievement investments in cities, rather than a past earnings report on what cities have accomplished to date. We are simply not there yet. While there are pockets of promise across the country, no city is yet in a position where it can claim victory for its work improving the life outcomes of Black men and boys.”

Visit to:

  • Download the full report;
  • Quickly gauge your city’s level of engagement, and see how it stacks up against other cities across the country;
  • Browse the Index and an interactive national map;
  • Download scorecards for all 50 cities; and
  • Learn what your city can do to improve life outcomes for Black men and boys.