“I am an invisible man…I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids—and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.” – Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
If there were ever a more pressing time to create, develop and maintain the space to support our and for our communities to be seen, heard and acknowledged, it is in today’s political and social climate. As we move to change the very complex and often destructive narrative concerning people of color, Ellison’s quote rings true now more than ever. The Black Male Educators Convening (BMEC) is an organization that prides itself on providing the tools and resources to support current Black male educators and increase the number of Black men in the field of education across the nation.
The 2nd National Black Male Educators Convening was held this past October here in Philadelphia and members of BMe Philly, including co-founders of BMEC, BMe Genius Vincent Cobb and BMe Champion Sharif El-Mekki, were on hand to volunteer, help organize and lend their support. The conference was jam-packed with workshops, facilitated by some of the best and brightest in education, listening sessions and networking opportunities, to foster productive conversation and to advance policy solutions. Be on the lookout for information pertaining to next year’s conference and for more information about BMEC visit their website: www.fellowshipbmec.org