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ERIC Number: ED537505
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 60
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
We Dream a World: The 2025 Vision for Black Men and Boys
Tsoi-A-Fatt, Rhonda
Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP)
Black men are vital and important members of American society, especially in their communities. Black families suffer a great loss when Black men are unable to thrive. Throughout modern American history, Black men have struggled to gain their footing and fulfill their destinies as strong, caring and productive members of society and their families. The 2025 Campaign for Black Men and Boys seeks to shape a new future for Black men and boys in which the social and economic realities of this country accommodate the pursuit of their dreams. The campaign strives to create conditions to enable Black boys, youth and men to realize their goals and contribute greatly to their families, communities and the nation. By 2025, the campaign members dream of a world where Black boys are highly educated, Black men are anchored in the economic mainstream, Black boys see in their fathers promising futures, and entire communities of Black families are physically and emotionally healthy. There is huge disparity in outcomes for Black people, particularly men and youth, in all major areas of American life--education, employment, justice, health, housing and family well-being. The community and the nation can no longer afford to ignore Black men's plight. The United States Census projects that by the year 2042, the population will be majority of people of color with Blacks being the second largest minority population group. Changing the landscape for Black men, youth, and boys requires tremendous commitment from all sectors and levels of government and society. It is a commitment that is both necessary and long overdue. The 2025 Campaign for Black Men and Boys focuses its work in five key areas: education, fatherhood and families, employment and wealth, health, and criminal justice. Across all of these areas, the campaign believes that four key things need to happen: (1) Evaluate and amend existing public policies to support of the needs of Black males, their families and their communities; (2) Support communities' need to create sustainable, systemic solutions to address the needs of Black males; (3) Think differently about the manner in which programming and services are rendered and work more diligently to ensure that approaches are culturally appropriate and of high quality; and (4) Increase the level of investment for services and interventions that help low-income individuals and aid their implementation so these services actually reach Black males. (Contains 28 figures and 72 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Center for Law and Social Policy