For the first round, more than 1,000 black males, from teenagers to octogenarians, posted their stories of working in, building, and strengthening communities across Philadelphia. The call came last summer from the Black Male Engagement project, or BME (pronounced "be me"), to spotlight such unsung efforts.
Now, 10 men will be named winners Tuesday of the BME Leadership Awards. They include a teacher, a Vietnam veteran, a formerly convicted activist, a Ph.D. and an entrepreneur, who will share a combined grant of $243,000 to further their work and inspire others.
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