BMe Community awards top honors for local Black men doing good in the community

BMe Community Genius Fellowship will be awarded to 30 Black Men from Akron, Louisville, Miami, and Pittsburgh for their devotion to strengthening their communities. Each fellow is granted $10,000, national recognition, training, and resources to support their community project. Projects range from entrepreneurship programs for returning citizens to providing access to food security and much more.

Boasting the largest social entrepreneur fellowship in the nation for Black Men, BMe Community (BMe) has mobilized over 200 community leaders in Akron, Baltimore, Detroit, Louisville, Miami, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh since 2013. BMe established the Genius Fellowship to amplify the narrative of Black Men as leaders and builders in their communities. Focusing on education, health and wellness, human rights, economic development, and the arts, the BMe Genius Fellows have touched over 2 million families in the past 5 years.

“BMe is based on a simple truth, that there are thousands of Black Men who are assets to their communities— and if the rest of us got behind people like these, the city would have more to celebrate,” said Trabian Shorters, who founded BMe. “They are men from all walks of life. They help others just because they can, and because they care.”

The BMe Community Genius Fellowship is an initiative backed by major foundations including The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, The William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust and the James Graham Brown Foundation. Annual grants are awarded through a competitive application and review process. Nearly 1,000 nominations were submitted for consideration in 2018.

Honorees will be celebrated throughout the month of June in each city. For event details, please visit bmecommunity.org/events.

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