America's Wire Releases Article On The Inaugural Black Male Achievement Fellows Program Sponsored By Open Society Foundations And Echoing Green
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WASHINGTON, June 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- America's Wire today released an article on the nine inaugural Black Male Achievement Fellows, African-Americans who have launched initiatives aimed at improving life outcomes for Black men and youths in communities across the country.
The article notes that the Fellows run bold, innovative programs that address problems faced by Black men and youths in American society. Donnel Baird runs BlocPower, which will help minority churches, nonprofits and small businesses reduce their energy bills with retrofit construction projects that also create jobs in communities of color. Khalil Fuller, a student at Brown University, created NBA Math Hoops, a game that utilizes National Basketball Association and Women's National Basketball Association stars to inspire students to build better math skills. Jessica Johnson runs the Scholarship Academy in Atlanta that helps black high school students earn college scholarships.
Rashid Shabazz, a program officer for Open Society Foundations, says in the story: "The status quo has not worked for black males. We want the Fellowship to further the people willing to try new approaches and take risks. We need to overcome the legacy of structural and institutional racism that has trapped Black males at the bottom of American society."
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"The Black Male Achievement Fellows are making a difference," said Michael K. Frisby, president of America's Wire. "Echoing Green and the Open Society Foundations should be applauded for supporting their efforts and raising awareness that Black men are making significant contributions."
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