Building a Beloved Community: Strengthening the Field of Black Male Achievement

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Nearly every indicator of economic, social, and physical well-being finds black males at the bottom. But in the words of Lani Guinier, the status of black males is simply the miner’s canary: “Their distress is the first sign of danger that threatens us all.…These problems are symptoms warning us that we are all at risk.” Open Society board members, including Guinier and Geoffrey Canada, helped the Foundations usher in the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, an initiative to promote positive life outcomes for black males and unlock their full talent and potential.

Building on the groundbreaking report Where Do We Go From Here? Philanthropic Support for Black Men and Boys, this companion piece, Building a Beloved Community: Strengthening the Field of Black Male Achievement, explores the diverse, multidisciplinary, and cross-sector work to advance black male achievement. Based on interviews with 50 philanthropic, nonprofit, government, academic, and business leaders, the report also offers recommendations for what it will take to strengthen the field moving forward.