Monday, January 12, 2015

Recession Hurts Black College Students More; Best Short Videos ToInspire Young Black Men and Boys; Register for 2015 Daddy Daughter Dance;2015 Schedule of Black Male Achievement and Black Male Development Events

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Recessions Hurts Black College Students More
Best Short Videos for Young Black Men and Boys
2015 Daddy Daughter Dance
Take A Young Black Man To Worship
Year of Black Male Achievement
Lasting Campaing for Black Male Achievement
Atlanta CARES Honors Mentors
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How the Recession Hurt Black College Grads More Than Their Peers
The gap in unemployment rates between African Americans and whites is
even worse now than it was in 2007.
Photo provided by The Black Star Project (credit)
By Sonali Kohli
December 29, 2014

The Great Recession might be over, but it has left behind widened racial inequalities in unemployment and wealth.
The unemployment rate for white Americans over 25 who had not finished high school was 9.7 percent in 2013. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate for black Americans who had advanced further on their educational trajectories, attending but failing to graduate from college, was 10.5 percent. That's an increase from 2007, before the recession:
This same trend can be seen among recent college graduates. The unemployment rate for black degree-holders between the ages of 22 and 27 was 12.4 percent in 2013. The unemployment rate among all college grads in that age range, by comparison, was 5.6 percent, according to a May report from the Center for Economics and Policy Research. The number was even lower for white college graduates in the age range-4.9 percent, the study's co-author told The New York Times.
That's a gap of 7.5 percentage points. Compare that to 2007, before the recession, when the gap was just 1.4 percent. Black Americans with college degrees then had a 4.6 percent unemployment rate, while white Americans with undergraduate degrees were at 3.2 percent, the Times notes.
And the recession hasn't only affected people coming out of college. The median net worth of white households was 10 times that of black households' median wealth in 2007-and 13 times the median wealth of black households in 2013, according to a recxent Pew Research Center report.
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Some of the best short Youtubes and videos to inspire young Black men and boys. Please click on the live links below
Save Our Sons PSA created by Richard Wright Public Charter School -
Spin'In Anger Presentation Promo -
Register Now for the 2015 Daddy Daughter Dance
Photo by Elissa Eubanks
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The Black Star Project's
Daddy Daughter Dance
and See Strong Black Men
Dance With Their Daughters
Please call 773.285.9600 to RSVP
Fathers and Daughters for
The Black Star Project's
2015 Daddy Daughter Dance
on February 7, 2015
at Little Black Pearl
1060 East 47th Street, Chicago, Illinois

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On The Day Before MLK Mentor Day, Thousands of Young Black Males Across America Will Worship with Black men in
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.
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Tentative Schedule For A Year of Black Male Achievement Events and Programs for 2015
Photo from 100 Black Men/Maryland
Dear Coalition for Black Male Achievement Leaders,
Thank you for your leadership in the effort to push forward Black Male Achievement in the United States, Canada and Ghana. We expect other countries of the African diaspora to join this movement.
Please see below a Tentative Schedule of Activities for Black Male Achievement in 2015. The Coalition for Black Male Achievement will provide Organizing Guides for each activity and technical support for those who need it.
Thank you again for your early support and we hope to assist you in improving the outcomes for Black males in your city. With your support, 2015 will be a year of Black Male Achievement and Black Male Development!
Please call 773.285.9600 or email if you or your community are interested in participating in the 2015 Year of Black Male Achievement and Black Male Development activities.
The Leadership Team
MLK Mentor Day
Coalition for Black Male Achievement
  • January - MLK Mentor Day for Young Black Men and Boys
  • January - Take A Young Black Man To Worship Day
  • February - Saves Our Sons Night
  • February - Daddy Daughter Dances for Valentine Day
  • March - Real Men Read for Black Men in Schools
  • March - Black Male Achievement Advocacy and Policy Forums - Establishing and Confirming the Black Male Achievement Agenda
  • April - Preparing Young Black Men for College, including College Fairs, College Visits and College Preparation Activities
  • May - Save Our Daughters Night
  • May - Black Mothers Organizing Day to Save the Lives of Their Sons
  • May - Mother Son Dances for Mother's Day
  • June - Mass Black Male Graduation - Elementary Schools, High Schools and Colleges, Universities and Professional Schools
  • June - Take A Young Black Man To Worship Day on Father's Day
  • July - Fathers Club Activities at Zoos, Parks, Museums and Sporting Events
  • August - September - Million Father March (Back-To-School Events)
  • October - Preparing Black Boys for the World of Work, Co-operative Economics, Entrepreneurship and Business Development
  • November - Community Building Activities/Community Service Month with Young Black Men and Boys
  • November - Take A Young Black Man To Worship Day
  • December - Teaching Young Black Men and Boys the Values, History and Culture of The Black People and the Black Community
The Lasting Campaign for Black Male Achievement
Campaign for Black Male Achievement Leaders - Shawn Dove (left) and Rashid Shabazz (right)
By Kenneth H. Zimmerman
U.S. Programs
Open Society Foundations
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 enhanced form.
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 beyond.
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 funding partners.
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 sponsor.
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