Kudos to the Knight Foundation for becoming a partner in the Open Society Foundation’s Campaign for Black Male Achievement. BME (pronounced “Be Me”) wants to dispel negative stereotypes by recognizing black men and boys who are trying to improve their communities.
“We want to shine a light on the brothers who help others achieve, who involve neighbors, friends and strangers in things that uplift the community,” said Trabian Shorters, a Knight Foundation vice president.
The Open Society said the campaign responds to a growing body of research that shows black males lead increasingly threatened lives. “We believe in communities where black men and boys lead in solutions, participate in decision making, and are fully engaged in all issues and opportunities affecting their communities,” it said.
BME asks black males, 14 and up, to go to www.bmechallenge.org to share their stories about how they are serving their communities and leading others to service. Participants 18 and older will also be eligible to apply for grants to fund community projects. Winners will be selected by the “online BME community.” Currently, the program is only available in Philadelphia and Detroit.