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How Do You Quantify Hope for Black Men and Boys?

By Shawn Dove, U.S. Programs
May 15, 2014

Shawn Dove
How do you quantify hope? I've been asking myself this question recently in my role leading the Open Society Campaign for Black Male Achievement. The question increasingly presses on my heart and mind during this current moment of intensified focus on the disparities facing black men and boys in America, particularly with the increased demand for evidenced-based outcomes and for lifting up what truly works.
I come in contact with leaders, young and old, every day working hard to fuel the field of black male achievement, who give me hope that lasting change is possible. This week, the Foundation Center and their BMAfunders team published a report that should provide the nation with a recipe for quantifying hope for black men and boys.
Building a Beloved Community: Strengthening the Field of Black Male Achievement is a timely resource in light of a growing chorus of national initiatives focused on improving the life outcomes of black males.
The report attempts to answer the question posed in the title of its 2012 companion report, Where Do We Go From Here? Philanthropic Support for Black Men and Boys. It declares that we need to go where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. described a generation ago as the Beloved Community-a nation fulfilling the pledge of its founding promise of "justice for all."
With the recent announcement of the White House's My Brother's Keeper Initiative, increased philanthropic engagement through the Executives' Alliance to Expand Opportunities for Boys and Men of Color, and a groundswell of attention to this issue, there is an opportunity for change that must be pursued with a sense of urgency.
But as Darren Walker, CEO of the Ford Foundation, notes in the report, what is needed to effectively respond to this moment is "bold, courageous leadership." And I believe that is one way to quantify hope for the field of black male achievement: supporting the many bold, courageous leaders across sectors who are working to improve the life outcomes for black men and boys. Building a Beloved Community provides us with glimpses of many such leaders.
We are moving in the right direction, but we need to keep in mind that our commitment must be for the long haul." Geoffrey Canada's words remind us that when it comes to the field of black male achievement, we are the leaders that we've been waiting for.
Click Here to Download the Full Report, Building A Beloved Community: Strengthening the Field of Black Male Achievement
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Vincent Harding, Activist,
King Aide, Dies at 82
By DONNA BRYSON, Associated Press
DENVER, May 21, 2014
In March of 1967, taking note of anti-war protests at his alma mater, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. sent a telegram care of Vincent Harding to the "men of conscience" at Morehouse commending their courage and calling them his inspiration.
Days later in New York, King delivered one of his most stinging criticisms of American involvement in Vietnam. Harding, at the time an adviser to Morehouse students as well as to King, is credited with writing that speech. Harding, 82, died Monday at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, according to Denver's Iliff School of Theology, where Harding taught for many years.
In Denver, Harding's home since coming to Iliff in 1981, he was remembered for his commitment to justice and peace, and for his modesty. Former Denver City Council president Elbra Wedgeworth said he never spoke much of his ties to King or other prominent civil rights leaders.
"He was just a real old school gentleman who experienced a lot, but never let it make him bitter," Wedgeworth said. "He just used those experiences to help other people."
Harding and his first wife, Rosemarie Freeney Harding, who died in 2004, met King when they traveled from Chicago to Atlanta to continue the civil rights work they had begun in the Mennonite church. Harding became an adviser and friend to both King and Coretta Scott King. He later served as the first director of what is now known as the King Center in Atlanta.
Iliff president Thomas Wolfe said he had asked Harding to deliver the commencement address scheduled for June 4. Instead of a traditional speech, Harding suggested the kind of Socratic discussion he favored in class. Three Iliff students had been recruited to take part.
"Vincent was saying, 'This is how we pass the mantle from teacher to student, so the student becomes the teacher,'" Wolfe said.
Harding is survived by his second wife, Aljosie Aldrich Harding; daughter, Rachel Harding; and son, Jonathan Harding. Funeral plans were not yet set.
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Getting A College Degree Won't Protect Black Workers From The Economy's Racial Barriers
MAY 20, 2014
The unemployment rate for black workers has been significantly higher than for white workers since government data has been collected. But despite the fact that college graduates fare better in the job market, getting a degree still doesn't mean black workers catch up with everyone else.
The unemployment rate has been higher for black college graduates than for all graduates for decades, but the gap widened since 2007, according to a new report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research. Black students who graduated during the recession fared even worse. Between 2007 and 2013, black workers who had just graduated from college saw their unemployment rate nearly triple, jumping from 7.8 percent to 12.4 percent.

But black college graduates don't just have to deal with higher unemployment rates. Those who manage to get a job aren't necessarily getting to put their degrees to use. Recent grads fared even worse: 44 percent of recent graduates ended up in these jobs, but for black ones, the rate has averaged about 50 percent since 2003, and in 2013, it shot up 10 percentage points to 55.9 percent.

That means more than half of black people who graduated from college in recent years were in jobs that didn't use their degrees.

The economy is heavily tilted against black people. In a study of entry-level job openings, equally qualified black job applicants were half as likely as white ones to get a call back or an offer.

Black women have been particularly dogged in recent years in graduating college: they made up two-thirds of all black students who finished a Bachelor's Degree in 2010 and 71 percent with a Master's. But they still struggle in other ways: when they're working full-time, year-round, they make 64 percent of what white men make and less than both white women and black men.

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Metropolitan Apostolic Church
The Black Star Project
The Mayor's Office
and All of Chicago to Bring
"Peace In The Hood"
Friday, May 23, 2014
7:00 pm and 9:00 pm
We will stand on the corners of King Drive at 26th Street, 31st Street, 35th Street, 39th Street, 43rd Street and 47th Street in Chicago, Illinois.
Please come out with your friends and family to make Chicago safer. Please call 773.285.9600 to join us to bring "Peace In The Hood" throughout Chicago.
Calling All Fathers, Stepfathers, Foster Fathers, Grandfathers, Godfathers, Uncles,
Brothers and Male Caregivers!
The Black Star Project's
Million Fathers Club
Major League Baseball
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 7:10 pm
see the
Chicago White Sox
Cleveland Indians
U.S. Cellular Field
35th and the Dan Ryan
Chicago, Illinois
Free for Black Star Members
and Fathers Club Members
Please call 773.285.9600 to RSVP or for more information about this game. Men and women of all races, ethnicities and faith backgrounds may and should attend this event with their children.
On Father's Day,
Sunday, June 15, 2014,
Across America,
200 Churches Will Celebrate
"Take A Young Black Man
To Worship" Day
With 75% of young Black males 16 to 24 years old in New York City not working, with the leading cause of death for young Black men in American being homicide, with 92% of Black males in Chicago not being able to read proficiently, and with nearly 50% of the 2.3 million prisoners in prisons in America being mostly young Black men, the questions arise, "What would Jesus do in these times?" And the answer is, He would take a young Black man to worship!
Father's Day is a great time for you and your place of worship to make a commitment to help and support young Black men. Please tell your pastor, iman, rabbi or priest that you want your place of worship to "Take A young Black Man To Worship" on June 15, 2014. Please call Vince at 773.285.9600 receive an organizing guide and to join the list of faith organization across America that will participate in this program.

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