BMe Community has announced its selections for the 2014 BMe Leader Awards, aimed at providing recognition, funding and networking opportunities to Black men who take action to help build prosperous cities across the country.
Did you know? The 2014 BMe Leaders are comprised of 30 men, 10 each from the three cities where BMe operates (Baltimore, Detroit, and Philadelphia). In these towns, Black men’s faces are often associated with the cities’ greatest challenges. BMe contends that if more people see the host of ways that inspired Black men bring out the best in the city, then these cities will have a better more accurate, more attractive image as well.
According to BMe CEO and Founder Trabian Shorters, “The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is the ‘extra’ that brothers like these put into this city and the lives of its people. They’re everyday contributions make Baltimore an extraordinary place to live.”
Shorters goes on to state, “My grandfather was an ordinary man who did extraordinary good for anyone who knew him,” adds Shorters. “I want to honor men like him. I want to be a man like him. So I started BMe so that we all have a chance to honor and engage the good in our communities and our cities.”
Did you know? BMe began as an innovation of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and now operates as an independent entity with support from Knight Foundation, Open Society Foundation, and Skillman Foundation.
Each year, the BMe Leader Awards are presented with the notion that everyday Black men should be acknowledged as assets, who regularly do something to improve the lives of others. They are owners, builders and doers who quietly make a substantial positive impact on society as a whole. Discounting their contributions makes the city itself seem less valuable.
The “Be Bold. Be Boundless. BMe.” Leader Awards takes place this June, which is an invite only event that honors 30 everyday Black Men with $10,000 for their Community-Building efforts in Baltimore.
FYI: For more information about BMe Baltimore Leaders program click here.
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