Baltimore is the latest city to become part of BMe, a growing network of black males committed to making communities stronger. The initiative began last year in Detroit and Philadelphia, where more than 2,000 men are already part of the BMe network. This year, BMe is expanding to Baltimore.
Launch events are being held tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Baltimore, Detroit and Philadelphia as part of a national “call for stories” that will be recorded on video and featured on the BMe website. The Baltimore launch event will be held at Humanium, 1701 Gay Street, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Radio personality Anthony McCarthy will open the night with a keynote address.
During the next eight weeks, teams of videographers will be fanning out across the cities to record men’s stories about special projects and everyday actions they take to strengthen their neighborhoods and help others.
Story-sharing is just one aspect of BMe — pronounced “be me.” Through BMe, black men can also connect with each other, exchange ideas and receive resources to advance the positive work they do in their communities. The initiative is backed by a partnership of foundations including the Knight, Open Society and Heinz foundations.
“BMe’s expansion into Baltimore builds upon other successes with community arts initiatives – such as the Black Male Identity project that engaged so many Baltimoreans last year – to raise awareness about the importance of elevating positive black male images,” said Diana Morris, director of the Open Society Institute – Baltimore.
To kick off the campaign in Baltimore, several black men from the community will share stories during the “BMe. BMore. Be There.” launch event and encourage those in attendance to record their own stories about the positive contributions they make in their communities. Videographers will be on-hand to record stories during the reception.
Celebrated hip-hop and spoken word artist Native Son will follow with a high-energy performance. A handful of men from across the city will then share stories as part of the kick-off of the citywide story-gathering campaign.
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