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Black Male Achievement

Black Male Achievement

The Open Society Foundations aim to address the exclusion of large numbers of black men and boys from economic, social, educational, and political life in the United States.

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The Lasting Campaign for Black Male Achievement

Over six years after the Open Society Foundations launched the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, the initiative is spinning off as an independent organization.

Fire Shut Up in My Bones

Charles M. Blow, New York Times op-ed columnist, discusses his extraordinary life story—growing up in segregated, impoverished Louisiana.

Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life

Michele Stephenson and Joe Brewster share the latest research and personal anecdotes in their new book, Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life.

Freedom Summer: 50 Years and Beyond  

Panelists discuss Freedom Summer, a Stanley Nelson documentary about the Mississippi Freedom Summer Project, which occurred 50 years ago this year and proved to be instrumental in the U.S. movement for civil rights.

Statement from 11 Leading Philanthropies in Response to White House Report on Young Men of Color
Eleven leading foundations, including Open Society, applaud the White House’s My Brother’s Keeper Task Force on the release of its report to President Obama.
How Do You Quantify Hope for Black Men and Boys?
When it comes to support for initiatives focused on improving life outcomes for black males in America, where should we go from here? A new report offers answers.

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Campaign Manager, Campaign for Black Male Achievement
Open Society Foundations–New York, U.S. Programs