The Campaign for Black Male Achievement has announced the inaugural cohort of emerging leaders for a year-long fellowship program focused on deepening the impact of individuals and organizations working on issues that directly affect African-American men and boys.
Chosen for their past accomplishments and continued commitment to improving life outcomes for black men and boys, the twenty-four individuals chosen to participate in the Building Beloved Community Leadership Fellowship program will meet in Greensboro, North Carolina, in June for a three-day leadership event featuring workshops, coaching sessions, and other activities geared toward strengthening the infrastructure and capacity of the BMA movement. With the help of two Greensboro-based organizations, the Center for Creative Leadership and the Beloved Community Center, participants in the program, which is supported in part by a $100,000 grant from the American Express Foundation, will work to develop a deeper understanding of the practices needed for successful leadership in the BMA movement; increase their self-awareness and capacity for personal and professional growth; solicit and use feedback aimed at making them more effective leaders; expand their knowledge of movement-building and social change principles; and build case study-learning around Greensboro-based grassroots organizing.
For its initial cohort, CBMA targeted place-based efforts under way in Greensboro, Oakland, Detroit, Milwaukee, Louisville, and Baltimore.
"CBMA is passionately committed to building leadership and capacity that in turn will create sustained impact in the black male achievement movement," said Campaign for Black Male Achievement CEO Shawn Dove. "We congratulate all of the fellowship recipients, for whom we hope this will turn out to be a rewarding experience that adds even greater value to their work on behalf of Black men and boys."
To learn about the inaugural fellows, see the CBMA website.