The Open Society Institute Campaign for Black Male Achievement partnered with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to host its first annual Transformational Leadership Retreat. The retreat was conceived with the premise that "transformational times require transformational leadership." Since May 2008, the CBMA has grown to include 26 grantee partner organizations—a diverse community of educators, youth leaders, policy advocates, community organizers, academics, and philanthropists. The Campaign for Black Male Achievement is acutely aware of the work its grantee partners are engaged in on a daily basis to improve the life outcomes of black men and boys and saw the need for a valuable space for reflection and renewal.
The Transformational Leadership Retreat was facilitated by Estrus Tucker of the Center for Courage and Renewal. During the retreat, close to 60 social justice leaders connected, recharged, and envisioned innovative ways to effectively respond to the opportunities to improve and increase opportunities for black men and boys in America.