Sunday, January 31, 2016

Reframing the Narrative Around Black Men

Which of the following statements is false?

Black men lead the country in military service.

More black men are in prison than in college.

Black fathers, compared with fathers of other races, are the most engaged.

Both the top and bottom statements are true; the one in the center? False.

If you know who Trabian Shorters is, you probably already knew which statements were true and which was false. Shorters, co-author (with former NAACP president Ben Jealous, now a partner at Kapor Capital) of The New York Times best-seller, Reach: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading, and Succeeding, founded and leads the national community organization that is changing the American narrative about black men. Through the BMe Community—whose network has grown to more than 35,000 community builders since it launched in 2013—Shorters is reframing how America sees and perceives black men. His organization locates black men who are already effecting significant positive change in their communities—and then supports them with financing, networking, and asset development resources.

In other words, Shorters is a revolutionary.

Read more: Reframing the Narrative Around Black Men

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