As part of its commitment to advance the Agenda for Black L.O.V.E., BMe Community (BMe) has awarded fellowships designed to unite, celebrate, and elevate Black leaders to achieve greater influence and impact in creating more caring, prosperous communities.
After a rigorous selection process from candidates nationwide, BMe Community awarded 61 remarkable Black leaders the BMe Vanguard Fellowship, and 9 the BMe Genius Fellowship. Honorees include community activists, elected officials, law enforcement, educators, veterans, entrepreneurs, and more.
The BMe Vanguard Fellowship is an elite leadership experience designed and facilitated by leading global authorities on social innovation, influence, health, finance, narrative, race, culture and more. The BMe Genius Fellowship celebrates Black men in Louisville, KY for their community building efforts by recognizing them as assets, welcoming them into an extraordinary Black leadership family, and a $10,000 award towards their community impact projects. BMe Fellowships enhance their knowledge, influence, and network, with the aspiration to shift the narrative for Black people and affect real change.
“Fixing broken systems isn’t enough,” explains Trabian Shorters, CEO/Founder of BMe Community. “We need leaders who are able to build communities of love and power based on truer narratives.”
Since 2013, has mobilized 367 Black community leaders throughout the nation to be the vanguards of the next narrative for Black America in which Black people are free to live, own, vote, and excel. The Agenda for Black L.O.V.E. is a four-part strategy to go beyond battling injustices to building the Next Narrative for Black America:
- Live. Prioritize the value of Black lives, mental, physical and spiritual health, and heritage.
- Own. Increase financial literacy, asset-ownership, and creation of generational wealth.
- Vote. Remove barriers to voting, end corrupt policing and turnout the Black vote and census.
- Excel. Amplify narratives that make it impossible to ignore Black excellence.
BMe Community Fellowships are sponsored by major foundations including The William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust, Jacob & Valeria Langeloth Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, Skillman Foundation, and James Graham Brown Foundation.