Baltimore seeks to duplicate Philly’s ‘Call to action’ for Black men

Posted: May 21, 2008 in Mentoring, Our children, The Brothas

Leaders push for city’s black men to take role in communities

By Sara Neufeld | Sun reporter

Inspired by a mobilization effort in Philadelphia, leaders of Baltimore’s African-American community today vowed to recruit at least 5,000 black men to become involved in their communities.

The goal is to reduce the city’s rates of violence, high school dropouts and absentee fathers. More than 50 men representing churches, educational institutions and civic groups gathered at Calverton Elementary/Middle School in West Baltimore to announce the initiative.

The group will hold a summit on Father’s Day, June 15, at the Baltimore Convention Center, where there will be opportunities for men to sign up as volunteers with various organizations. Several service providers will also be on hand to link men with whatever assistance they need to be productive citizens.

The initiative is modeled after 10,000 Men Philly, which drew thousands of men to an assembly in that city in October. (more…)

  1. DarkStar says:

    Interesting. The local NAACP called for 1000 volunteers about 8 months ago.

  2. DarkStar says:

    Just to note, Black talk radio supports the idea, conservative radio hosts who supported Cosby? Don’t like the idea.

  3. Duane says:

    conservative radio hosts who supported Cosby? Don’t like the idea.

    Are they saying why?

    Who are they?

  4. DarkStar says:

    They don’t like the idea because only Black men are being asked to take part. Next, because one of the things the men are being asked to do is to do neighborhood watches, which should be seen as dangerous. Again, no one raised that objection to all of the other neighborhood watch groups across the country.

    Morning hosts on WBAL and WCBM.

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