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Transformational Leadership Retreat

  • Estrus Tucker laughing among group of people
    Estrus Tucker of Center for Courage and Renewal, facilitator. Salahadeen Betts for the Open Society Foundations
  • Shawn Dove sitting among group of people
    Shawn Dove of Open Society. Salahadeen Betts for the Open Society Foundations
  • Reverend Alfonso Wyatt and Gretchen Dovholuk talking among others
    Reverend Alfonso Wyatt of the National Center for Civic Innovation, left, and Gretchen Dovholuk of the Center for Research on Fathers, Children and Family Well-Being at the opening meet-and-greet session. Salahadeen Betts for the Open Society Foundations
  • Rashid Shabazz and Alvin Starks
    Rashid Shabazz of Open Society, left, and Alvin Starks, right. Salahadeen Betts for the Open Society Foundations
  • Matthew Stevens outdoors listening to a woman speaking
    Matthew Stevens of Empowering Today's Youth, cofounder of the Raising Him Alone Campaign during one of the breakout sessions. Salahadeen Betts for the Open Society Foundations
  • Group at leadership retreat sitting and smiling
    Keith Hefner of Youth Communication, Monique Dixon of the Open Society Institute-Baltimore, Sharon Toomer of the Association of Black Foundation Executives, and Raquiba LaBrie of Open Society. Salahadeen Betts for the Open Society Foundations
  • Kedrick Griffin and Neil Irvin sitting in audience
    Kedrick Griffin, left, and Neil Irvin, right, of Men Can Stop Rape. Salahadeen Betts for the Open Society Foundations
  • Donald Ruff, Marcus Walton and David Banks smiling as audience applauds
    Donald Ruff of the Eagle Academy Foundation, Marcus Walton of the Association of Black Foundation Executives, David Banks of the Eagle Academy Foundation, and Georgia Kirtland of the Open Society Foundations. Salahadeen Betts for the Open Society Foundations
  • Albert Sykes and Marquis Lowe
    The Young People's Project’s Albert Sykes, right, and Marquis Lowe, left. Salahadeen Betts for the Open Society Foundations
  • Ron Walker, Esther Kaplan, and David C. Banks.
    Ron Walker, left, Esther Kaplan of the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color, center, and David C. Banks, right. Salahadeen Betts for the Open Society Foundations
  • Sharon Toomer, James Worthy,and Ron Walker sitting around a table.
    Sharon Toomer, left, James Worthy, center, and Ron Walker of the Coalition Of Schools Educating Boys Of Color, right. Salahadeen Betts for the Open Society Foundations
  • Anthony Simmons in suit, walking up stairs in crowded room
    Anthony Simmons, center, and James Worthy of the Center For Urban Families, left. Salahadeen Betts for the Open Society Foundations
  • People stretching legs, doing qi-gong in a room
    Ron Walker and David Miller of the Urban Leadership Institute / Raising Him Alone Campaign, center, during Phyllis Hubbard's morning Qi-Gong session. Salahadeen Betts for the Open Society Foundations
  • Alberto Ibarguen and Lola Smallwood-Cuevas
    Alberto Ibarguen, left, and Lola Smallwood-Cuevas of the UCLA Labor Center, right. Salahadeen Betts for the Open Society Foundations
  • Sharon Toomer speaks into microphone at podium
    Sharon Toomer introduces transformational retreat partners Trabian Shorters, left, and Alberto Ibarguen of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Salahadeen Betts for the Open Society Foundations
  • Neil Irvin, Rhonda Tsoi-a-Fatt , and Kedrick Griffin
    Right to left, Neil Irvin of Men Can Stop Rape, Rhonda Tsoi-a-Fatt of the Center for Law and Social Policy, and Kedrick Griffin of Men Can Stop Rape. Salahadeen Betts for the Open Society Foundations
  • Phyllis Hubbard clapping
    Phyllis Hubbard of Radiant Health Strategies, facilitator, shared information on nutrition and well-being. Salahadeen Betts for the Open Society Foundations
  • Janks Morton and Isha Haley James
    Janks Morton of Men II Boys, Inc. and Isha Haley James of the Black Alliance for Educational Options. Salahadeen Betts for the Open Society Foundations
  • Women sitting at table
    Donna Frisby-Greenwood of the School District of Philadelphia, left, Linda Harris of the Center for Law and Social Policy, center, and Catherine Jackson of the Black Star Project, right. Salahadeen Betts for the Open Society Foundations
  • Shawn Dove and others sitting and laughing
    Left to right, Anthony Simmons of the Schott Foundation for Public Education, Kimberlee Fields of Men II Boys, Inc., Janks Morton of Men II Boys, Inc., James Logan of YouthLine America, and Shawn Dove of the Open Society Foundations. Salahadeen Betts for the Open Society Foundations

The Open Society 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 Campaign for Black Male Achievement 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.

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