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New CBMA Report Finds Increased Investment in Black Men and Boys

The Campaign for Black Male Achievement is proud to kick off a momentous 10th Anniversary year with the launch of a new report that highlights how cities across the U.S. have increased their investment and action to support Black men and boys.

Promise of Place: Building Beloved Communities for Black Men and Boys gauges city-level commitment to Black males through a Black Male Achievement City Index, which scores 50 cities according to their promise in helping Black men and boys succeed, and outlines clear action steps to make further strides. The report finds that, even as support at the national level is eliminated or scaled back, cities are leading the way to champion Black Male Achievement.

Go to the Report

In this follow up to our first 2015 Promise of Place report, we found a 62 percent higher level of engagement for advancing Black male achievement across all 50 cities included in the index. Detroit and Washington, D.C. remain the two highest scored cities with a score of 95 while Jackson, MS, Seattle, WA, Omaha, NE, and Mobile, AL had the greatest progression in scores since 2015. Cities not captured in the first report—such as Denver, CO, and Yonkers, NY—have since become highly engaged in leading Black Male Achievement efforts.

With the field updates, promising strategies, and models of courageous leadership presented in Promise of Place, we are encouraged and emboldened even as we recognize there is still much more to do in improving life outcomes and opportunities for our Black men and boys. Shawn Dove, CEO, Campaign for Black Male Achievement

Increased engagement and support is critical to counter the challenges Black men and boys continue to face compared to other demographic groups. For example, Black men born in 2001 have a 1 in 3 likelihood of imprisonment compared to a 1 in 9 chance of all men; 25 percent of Black children do not graduate high school on time, compared to the national average of 17 percent.

The new report spotlights high-scoring cities and “Building Block” cities that represent model policies and practices as well as cities on the horizon—municipalities beginning to scale up their investment in Black men and boys. Cities were scored on: demographics; city-led commitment to Black men and boys; membership in the CBMA national network; local presence of national initiatives focused on Black men and boys; and level of philanthropic funding in this sector going to support local organizations.

Homicides remain the leading cause of death for Black males. Violence doesn’t just harm young Black men and boys—violence inflicts trauma on entire families, neighborhoods, and communities. City-led approaches are needed to reduce the barriers that Black men and boys face and build safe, healthy, and hopeful communities for everyone. We are encouraged by the widespread city-level engagement captured in the new Promise of Place report. Anthony Smith, Executive Director, Cities United

Visit HERE to:

  • Download the full report
  • Browse the Index, interactive national map, and download scorecards for all 50 cities, and
  • Learn what cities can do to improve life outcomes for Black men and boys.

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