Announces Multiple Events Leading Up To National "Save Our Sons"
- Leading national
nonprofit for the promotion of Responsible Fatherhood and Director of the
National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse, Fathers Incorporated, announces
"don't miss' events encouraging fathers to spend time with their children -
building up to the first National Save Our Sons Night on February 6, 2015!
Nationwide - On Friday, February
6, 2015, the first annual NATIONAL SAVE OUR SONS NIGHT will take place across
According to Kenneth
Braswell, Executive Director of Fathers Incorporated and Director for the
National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse, "We've come to learn that quality
time with our children is more valuable to their well-being than our money. If
you would like to join this national movement, visit www.saveoursonsnight.com
for further information.
EVENTS LEADING UP TO SAVE OUR SONS
1. Los Angeles, CA,
January 16, 2015 - The National
Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse will partner with the National Football
League Players Association (NFLPA) and the 18th Annual Collegiate Bowl, along
with Fathers Incorporated and community agencies and barbershops to kick-off
Fatherhood Buzz: Men's Health Matters in Los Angeles, California.
more information email email@example.com or call 1-877-4DAD411
2. Carson, CA, January
The NFL Players Association presents the NFLPA 18th Annual Collegiate Bowl on
January 17, 2015 at 1 p.m. at the Stubhub Center in Carson, CA. The game
features some of College Football's best players from across the Country. The
NFLPA will support National Save Our Sons Night by giving away 2500 free tickets
to fathers and their families to attend the Collegiate Bowl. Visit www.saveoursonsnight.com
to get your free tickets or call 1-877-4DAD411 [1-877-432-2411].
3. Nationwide, January
18, 2015 - In conjunction with
MLK Black Male Achievement Weekend, the Black Star Project announces national
Take a Young Black Man to Worship Sunday on January 18, 2015, when thousands of
young Black males across America will worship with Black men. For more
information, to find a place of worship near you, or to register your faith
organization for this event, please call 773-285-9600 or visit
4. Nationwide, January
24, 2015 - To wrap-up the
January 2015 Fatherhood Buzz: Men's Health Matters events, the National
Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse will partner with the Million Hearts
Initiative, Affordable Care Act Health Care navigators, community agencies, and
barbershops across the country to engage fathers in critical conversations on
the importance of being healthy. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 1-877-4DAD411 [1-877-432-2411].
For more information
on National Save Ours Sons Night and other affiliated events, visit www.saveoursonsnight.com
or email email@example.com
Campaign for Black Male Achievement Leaders -
Shawn Dove (right) and Rashid Shabazz (left)
By Kenneth H.
December 17, 2014
For a society to be truly open,
it must ensure that all of its members have full and equal access to economic,
social, and political opportunities. A core element of our work at the Open
Society Foundations is to challenge and confront those barriers that undermine
such opportunities-particularly for communities that are historically
marginalized and vulnerable.
Over six years ago, the Open
Society Foundations expanded its historic support for racial justice in the
United States by initiating an effort specifically targeted at the challenges
confronting black men and boys: the Campaign for Black Male Achievement
(CBMA). The reason was simple: the United States cannot realize its aspirations
as a society without tackling head-on its legacy that limits the potential of
African American males.
Over the intervening years, CBMA
has led us forward, and we are excited to announce that the campaign will now
spin off to continue its work as an independent organization in a new and
When CBMA first launched, there
was precious little philanthropy dedicated specifically to addressing the
special racial and gender barriers preventing boys and men of color from
achieving their economic, political, educational, and social potential. In
recent years, a number of foundations have become joint leaders through efforts,
such as the California Endowment's Sons and Brothers campaign, the Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation's Forward Promise initiative, and the John S. and James L.
Knight Foundation's Black Male Engagement work, among others.
Today, in part due to CBMA's
efforts, there is an unprecedented number of organizations dedicated to carrying
this banner-including the recently formed Executives' Alliance to Expand
Opportunities for Boys and Men of Color, a coalition of more than 40 foundations
(including the Open Society Foundations, which continues to play a leadership
role on the steering committee). And earlier this year, President Obama
announced the My Brother's Keeper initiative, putting black male achievement on
an even more prominent platform for the remainder of this administration and
The work done by CBMA's leaders,
Shawn Dove and Rashid Shabazz, has helped start to change the narrative-and
create a black male achievement movement in this country. This has involved
identifying and lifting up innovators and building and expanding a network of
leaders and organizations dedicated to this cause. By spinning off as a
standalone organization this January-a step first suggested by Shawn several
years ago-CBMA is poised to move to the next level.
The new entity will keep the same
name, and the same focus: to help foster the growth, sustainability, and impact
of organizations working to improve the lives of black boys and men. And it will
incorporate the work of the Institute for Black Male Achievement, which was
created in late 2012 with a grant of $4 million from Open Society and eight
Tonya Allen, CEO of the Skillman
Foundation, will serve as CBMA's founding board chair, and will be joined on the
board by Geoffrey Canada, founder of the Harlem Children's Zone and board member
of Open Society's U.S. Programs; William C. Bell, CEO of the Casey Family
Programs; and Wendell Pritchett, interim dean of the University of Pennsylvania
Law School. The Silicon Valley Community Foundation will serve as CBMA's fiscal
On The Day Before MLK Mentor Day,
Thousands of Young Black Males Across America Will Worship with Black men
Take A Young Black Man
to Worship Day
Sunday, January 18, 2015
at a place of worship near you
Please call 773.285.9600 for more information or to
register your place of worship.
AFRICAN AMERICAN LEARNING DIFFERENCES ORGANIZATION CHANGES COURSE
AS A RESULT OF INSUFFICIENT FUNDING
COLUMBUS, OH, DECEMBER 22,
2014 - Effective January 1, 2015, the National Association for the Education of
African American Children with Learning Differences (AACLD), which has for many
years been the only organizational voice and advocate of its kind, will no
longer provide the majority of its programs and services due to insufficient
funding. However, lower cost functions, such as the AACLD website, will remain
in place throughout the next year (2015) with periodic updates.
The AACLD Founder as well as
the members of the Board of Trustees are disappointed by the need to take this
action, which dramatically reduces the organization's activities, but will
continue to look for funding sources for the future.
"Not since Brown vs. the Board
of Education (1954) has there been any other time in history that our children
have suffered more than they do today in a broken public school system. The need
for advocacy is still as strong as ever," stated Nancy Tidwell, AACLD Founder
"The proper education of
African American children continues to be a challenge for the best of parents.
When we factor in cultural differences in a society that is dominated by one
cultural perspective, we must encourage parents to not only continue to support
their children in the schools they currently attend but also fight for their
right to attend a school that is not failing," stated Linda James Myers, Ph.D.,
Chair of the Board of Trustees.
"We can no longer expect that
others will do this for us. We can and must advocate for our children and demand
the allocation of resources necessary to make it happen," Myers further
While this action ends 15
years of resource and referral service and training provided by the AACLD to
African American families and community leaders nationwide, the decision will be
revisited if new opportunities for supporting the organization are identified in
the next 12 months.
In the meantime, parents are
encouraged to watch for further updates, helpful resources, and a new website
beginning early next year. Potential funders interested in helping to further
the organization's mission and the provision of its services to a population
often ignored, are encouraged to reach out to the organization in the coming
The AACLD (www.aacld.org) was organized in 2000.
It is the only national organization that focuses solely on the education of
African American children with learning disabilities and learning
Whether It Is "Watch Night" or "Freedom's Eve", the Black Community
in America Celebrated
Freedom from Slavery as of
11:59 pm, December 31, 1862
"On that night, Blacks
came together in churches and private homes all across the nation,
anxiously awaiting news that the Emancipation Proclamation had actually become
Slaves wait for 12:00 am, January 1,
1863, the first day of freedom for many Black
slaves in America.
Written by Charyn D. Sutton
If you live or grew up in a Black community in the United States, you have
probably heard of "Watch Night Services," the gathering of the faithful in
church on New Year's Eve. The service usually begins anywhere from 7 p.m. to 10
p.m. and ends at midnight with the entrance of the New Year.
There are two essential reasons for the
importance of New Year's Eve services in African American congregations. Many
of the Watch Night Services in Black communities that we celebrate today can be
traced back to gatherings on December 31, 1862, also known as "Freedom's
On that night, Americans of African descent
came together in churches, gathering places and private homes throughout the
nation, anxiously awaiting news that the Emancipation Proclamation had become
law. Then, at the stroke of midnight, it was January 1, 1863, and according to
Lincoln's promise, all slaves in the Confederate States were legally
People remained in churches and other
gathering places, eagerly awaiting word that Emancipation had been declared.
When the actual news of freedom was received later that day, there were prayers,
shouts and songs of joy as people fell to their knees and thanked God.