that you are a young Black man in America and that means you are different than
other Americans. While you can still realize your dreams, you might have to
take a different path. You will have to be more careful, more thoughtful and
more aware than others to survive in America.
2) Value education, learning and reading. The more and
better you can read for understanding, the freer and more powerful you will
3) Work hard. Many times, it is not what you know that
makes you successful, but instead consistency, persistence, effort and
dedication. Be sure to just "show up".
4) Respect women and girls. They hold up half the sky
in our communities. Together we can accomplish great things in our families and
5) Believe in something higher than yourself. Whether
its religious, spiritual or philosophical, connect with and explore the larger
universe and eternity.
6) Emulate strong, positive, intelligent Black men. Use
them as your mentors and role models.
7) Be a leader! Exhibit courage, wisdom, vision and
good decision-making skills to help your community improve. You are a natural
leader. Others will follow your positive and righteous actions.
8) Respect and work with other young Black men to
accomplish great things for your community. Teams of young Black men can
accomplish what individuals cannot.
9) Study your history and culture. You are not alone,
10) Choose positive peers, associates and friends. Those
relationships will help determine your path in life.
For Black Male Achievement Week - February
If you know of another
organization doing as much or more than The Black Star Project to educate Black
students and develop Black families, you should support that organization
financially as we go into the new year. If you do not know of another
organization doing this work, please support The Black Star
Dear Friend of
This is a great time to
invest in the success of Black students, and all students, in American schools.
Our victories in 2013 included many efforts to build families, develop
communities, educate students, create jobs, reduce mass incarceration and mentor
young Black men. In order for us to continue to grow and to be effective,
we need your support now more than ever. Your investment in
our work can be deducted from your income taxes to the fullest extent allowable
Some of our accomplishments
in 2013 include:
Organizing 1 million men in more than 630 cities across America to
take their children back to school on the first day with our Million
Father March 2013.
Managing 22 free Saturday University sites throughout
Chicagoland that improved the reading and math skills of more than 350
Providing mentoring, motivation, inspiration and guidance to more than
13,000 Chicago-area students through our classroom-based Student
Motivation Mentoring Program.
Hosting the first Mass Black Male Graduation Ceremony
for several hundred graduating Black males from high schools across the Midwest
featuring Thomas N. Todd and Lupe Fiasco as keynote speakers.
Hosting the Young Black Men of Honor College Fair for
more than 1,000 college bound students featuring 50 of the top colleges in the
Hosting our Fourth Annual Daddy/Daughter Valentines Day
Dance for 50 fathers and their daughters between 4 and 14 years
Hosting 3 Take A Young Black Man to Worship Day at about
200 churches, mosques, temples and synagogues around the
With your support we can
accomplish much more. Please become a member of The Black Star
Project today and help us continue our nation-leading work in the area
of creating better students, better parents, better families and better
Click Here to become a member
of The Black Star Project
you may send checks or money orders to:
Black Star Project
South King Drive, Suite 2B
When Blacks were released from slavery, freedman
schools sprung up in churches! When Blacks boycotted segregated schools in the
north and south of the United States, freedom schools sprung up in churches!
There is no way that schools in the 21st century, by themselves, can ever
educate the masses of Black children in America without help from faith
organizations. Will your church help by opening a Freedom Saturday University?
The Black Star Project will share all that you need to be
We have 20 free Saturday Universities operating in
Chicago and in the west and south suburbs. Please call
773.285.9600 to open a Freedom Saturday University in
your church, to register your child for free academic enhancement or
for more information about bringing the Saturday
University to your community. We need teachers and tutors for our
sites. Please call 773.285.9600 to