“Many of the important governmental policies and procedures that impact Black men and boys – both positively and negatively – occur at state levels,” said the Rev.
The report is the product of a broad scan of literature on commissions, and a series of interviews with key leaders, and displays a sharp focus on documenting in detail the practices, strategies, and achievements of Black male commissions and the obstacles standing before them.
21CF was drawn to the project through its Black Men and Boys Initiative (BMB), which includes among its multiple goals a commitment “to achieve policy wins and supplement policies/regulations on issues that improve the social and physical conditions of Black communities.” For Frontline Solutions, the report’s findings are part of the firm’s evolving insights on the unique contributions made by the three fields of government, philanthropy, and the academy to the work around Black males work.
The State of Black Male Commissions: A Survey features a brief contextual history of Black male commissions; an overview of the array of the commissions’ origins, compositions, and target areas; observations from some key individuals including Bryan Echols, executive director of the Chicago nonprofit M.A.G.I.C., and a critical perspective of the state of commissions by a select expert group composed of Dr. Leon Andrews, executive director of the Institute of Youth and Families at the National League of Cities;
The State of Black Male Commissions: A Survey is available online at www.21cf.org.
Twenty-First Century Foundation (21CF) is a Black-led foundation whose mission is to lead, innovate and influence giving for Black community change. For nearly four decades, 21CF has worked to identify Black communities and populations where the needs are particularly acute and encourage focused, strategic giving to address those needs.
Frontline Solutions is a community of social change leaders, founded to help individuals and institutions to strategically manage change to a productive outcome.
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