Knight Foundation Launches Black Male Engagement Initiative

A new campaign launching in Detroit will highlight the stories of black men and boys – celebrating and supporting them as they lead others in strengthening their communities.

BME (pronounced Be Me) is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Open Society Foundations’ Campaign for Black Male Achievement. BME stands for Black Male Engagement.

Through the BME website, Detroiters can share their stories of leadership in writing and through video. Anyone, anywhere can make nominations. Submissions are being accepted through September 30th. Entrants in each city will be invited to join their peers and fellow community leaders at a celebration event in October.

Additionally, entrants who submit their own stories will be eligible to apply for financial and non-financial support of their projects in the campaign’s second phase.

BME is part of Knight Foundation’s Black Males Initiative, which supports black men and boys in strengthening their communities.

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