Kudos to the Knight Foundation for becoming a partner in the Open Society Foundation's Campaign for Black Male Achievement. BME (pronounced "Be Me") wants to dispel negative stereotypes by recognizing black men and boys who are trying to improve their communities.
"We want to shine a light on the brothers who help others achieve, who involve neighbors, friends, and strangers in things that uplift the community," said Trabian Shorters, a Knight Foundation vice president.
The Open Society said the campaign responds to a growing body of research that shows black males lead increasingly threatened lives. "We believe in communities where black men and boys lead in solutions, participate in decision-making, and are fully engaged in all issues and opportunities affecting their communities," it said.