achievement is best response to issues of black males in America
A Morehouse College Graduation
December 16, 2014
the exact same moment that 30,000 people were marching in Washington, DC
chanting, "No Justice, No Peace" in support of Eric Garner, Michael Brown and
other victims of police killings, a 15 year-old Black boy, Demario Bailey, was
being shot in the chest under a viaduct on the south side of Chicago for his
jacket by other Black boys. He died. In 2012, there were at least 313 murders of
young Black men and boys by police, security guards and vigilantes, which pales
in comparison to the estimated 15,000 black-on-black murders of mostly young
Black men by other young Black men almost every year. Where is their justice?
Where is their peace?
bless all of the protestors who have donned "I Can't Breathe" T-shirts and
mimicked, "Hands Up - Don't Shoot" scenarios in cities and towns across this
country. However, their actions alone will do almost nothing to change the
plight of the masses of young Black men in America. Young Black men in America
are the most despised, stereotyped, disregarded, and feared people in this
country; more likely to be poor, more likely to be undereducated, more likely to
be unemployed, more likely to live without their fathers, more likely to be
locked up in prisons, and more likely to be murdered than anyone else in
America. Unjust incidents that shock our sensibilities are easier to mobilize
around than are the all-pervasive, deeply institutionalized, systematic
injustices that Black males endure in their lives every day.
and easy responses to the plight of Black males in America always include
historic indignation, protest and demands that raise public awareness-the stuff
"moments" and not "movements" are made of. However, what is lacking is a
comprehensive, well-conceived, sustained response, which requires massive
community building efforts, direct-actions with and on behalf of Black men, and
a redirection of dollars from incarcerating Black men to educating and
developing Black youth. Together, these actions will develop and support Black
men and boys in becoming strong, positive, powerful, contributing, compassionate
and courageous American citizens.
if American police, security guards and vigilantes do not murder another Black
man ever, the existing socio-economic, educational and institutional factors in
America will continue to destroy young Black men and boys at an ungodly rate.
Unless and until these horrendous life-force crushing energies against young
Black men and boys are positively transformed, their lives in America will
continue to be a hellish catastrophe.
President Barack Obama got caught up in the symbolic frenzy of responses by
requesting congressional support for $263 million to train police forces across
America and for body cameras. Yet, the moment-by-moment, spirit-breaking forces
nourished by the social/economic policies coming out of Washington, DC (and the
states) continue to cement Black men's positions at the bottom of the American
social, economic and education structure and at the top of the mortality,
incarceration and unemployment indices. It's a wonder that any Black man can
"breathe" in America with these kind of obstacles to overcome!
Male Achievement is the much-needed, missing and best response to the issues of
Black men and boys in America. On January 19, 2015, the Coalition for Black Male
Achievement will mentor 50,000 young Black men and boys in 200 cities-towards
survival and success in America-as part of the Martin Luther King (MLK) Mentor
Day initiative. The mentors are Black men and the curriculum is based on Black
Male Achievement and human excellence.
visit www.blackstarproject.org to
get your city and your young Black men involved or call 773.285.9600. The best
way to improve the conditions of Black men in America is not simply to protest
them, but to change them.
Phillip Jackson is the Founder and Executive Director of The Black Star Project. He can be reached at
773.285.9600. Click Here to sign up your
organization to mentor young Black males in your city on Monday, January 19,
131 American Cities Will Provide the
Best Response to Ferguson and New York by Mentoring An Army of Black Malesfor Success and
Survival with a Black Male Achievement Curriculum!
Apparently, other American cities don't have the
challenges educating and socializing young Black men and boys that the rest of
America has. If your city does, ask your mayor, your school leader, your pastor
or community leader to call 773.285.9600 to join this effort or click here to register.
Some young brothers from the Nation of Islam (Source)
These cities have signed up to help mentor 50,000 Black
males on Martin Luther King's Birthday -- MLK Mentoring Monday, January 19,
2015. Why isn't your community or city participating?
Park, New Jersey
du lac, Wisconsin
City, North Carolina
York City, New York
Island, New York
Brothers from Morehouse College Achieve
Click Here to sign up and receive
everything you need for a super-successful MLK Mentor Day! You may also call
773.285.9600 to register.
Click Here to ask President Barack
Obama to support this initiative financially and to mentor young Black males on
Dr. Martin Luther King's Birthday.
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.