Knight Foundation is proud to launch BME today in partnership with Open Society Foundations’ Campaign for Black Male Achievement, Context Partners and the people of Detroit and Philadelphia.
BME (pronounced “Be Me”) will engage thousands of people in recognizing the black men and boys who take initiative to improve their communities. We will also award grant money for several of the local projects that these men and boys propose to us. But what’s this all about?
We believe in communities where black men and boys lead in solutions, participate in decision making and are fully engaged in all issues and opportunities affecting their communities. So we want to first recognize and thank those who do. Then, we want to build upon their efforts to make our communities better. To put it in context, allow me to tell this very personal story.