Making the Case

Understand the reasons to invest in Black men and boys now and how this will yield huge returns for our country's future prosperity.

The challenges that Black men and boys face in the United States are not new. For decades Black males have struggled to realize equal opportunities throughout their lives, especially in education and the workforce. The untold story is the hundreds of thousands of leaders across sectors who have worked tirelessly for decades with a commitment to improving the life outcomes of Black men and boys.

Unfortunately, history tells us that these leaders have struggled to keep their organizations focused on this challenge because of lack of funding and capacity-building support. Due to a range of factors, many of the hurdles these leaders faced have shown signs of being unique and more complex than the hurdles faced by the general nonprofit sector. The Campaign for Black Male Achievement was created to close this gap and ensure that the Black Male Achievement field is strong enough to address the challenges facing Black men and boys in our country.

Why Focus on Black Men and Boys?

Black males are assets to their communities and our country. We know that, as a nation, we cannot truly prosper when any group of people is systematically left behind and forced to exist on the fringes of society. The well-being of Black men and boys has a direct influence on the strength of their families, communities, and the nation as a whole. Yet, they live shorter, poorer quality lives with fewer opportunities than many of their counterparts across racial and ethnic groups. In order for our country to secure a prosperous future, the unique barriers confronting Black men and boys must be addressed. There is no better reason or time to invest in Black men and boys than now.

We need to spend some time thinking about how we bolster and reinforce our African American boys.

Barack Obama
President of the United States