Message from Milwaukee Black Male Achievement (BMA) Advisory Council
Dear Fellow Milwaukeeans:
As the Honorary Co-Chair and Co-Chair of Milwaukee Black Male Achievement (BMA) Advisory Council and on behalf of the entire BMA Advisory Council, we are pleased to launch this official website. It is designed to keep residents engaged as we embark on an ambitious effort to advance black male achievement through the collective input and efforts of all community stakeholders.
We are deeply grateful to have the support of the National League of Cities (NLC) and Open Society Foundations' Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA), two prominent national organizations dedicated to building better communities through black male achievement. Milwaukee is one of 11 cities selected by the NLC to receive critical assistance and CBMA support to advance black male achievement.
Milwaukee was chosen because the data presented in our application makes it clear that there are wide racial disparities in education, work and family outcomes between black males in our community and their peers. We also have clearly demonstrated that Milwaukee is well-positioned to mobilize key community stakeholders including government, business, faith-based, academic and community-based organizations and members around a common BMA agenda and can align efforts using common measures of success.
The formation of the BMA Advisory Council is an important first step, but we have much more work to do when it comes to addressing the multiple challenges that place black men and boys in our community at a significant educational, economic and social disadvantage compared to their peers. These problems will not go away by themselves, and it is up to this generation to right the ship.
Mayor Tom Barrett and Alderman Joe Davis, Sr.
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“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King