BME Challenge Profiles
The following post, written by Jamira Burley, a member of the Philadelphia "street team" that collected stories of how black men and boys are leading their communities, highlights several aspects of the BME Challenge over the past several months, including last month's celebration at The Philadelphia Franklin Institute:
Inspiration; If there is anything more powerful then being surrounded by 300 of Philadelphia “change agents,” then I haven’t quite discovered what that is yet. The inspiration that radiated from the room wasn’t just because we were sitting in the shadow of one of the country’s founding fathers, Ben Franklin, but because we were there to honor his legacy in the form of more than 1,000 African-American men. Over the last few months, these 1,000 men, individually, submitted their stories to Knight Foundation's “BME Challenge." The men represented everything from community leaders, city officials, educators, poets and artists alike. The men represented what Philadelphia, if not this country, is made of. They are the everyday unsung heroes who are changing lives, one person at a time.