BME Challenge Celebration and Action Summit Honors Achievement and Action by Philadelphia Black Males

    BME Challenge Celebration and Action Summit Honors Achievement and Action by Philadelphia Black Males

    Philly's Unsung Heroes Among Black Men and Boys are Saluted, have chance to win grants to engage, inspire.

    PR Newswire


    More than 1,000 of Philadelphia's black men and boys shared their personal stories of leadership through the BME (Black Male Engagement) Challenge. This event recognizes black males who are working to make their vision for a better city a reality. It also connects black male leaders from multiple generations and various neighborhoods, so that collectively they can have an even greater impact. Finally, men will learn about a Knight Foundation funding opportunity to help them to further strengthen their work in the community and take their ideas from concept to reality. The keynote speaker will be Jeff Johnson, national network commentator and author of "Everything I'm Not Made Me Everything I Am: Discovering Your Personal Best." Mayor Michael A. Nutter will also be a special guest.


    Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, 6 to 9 p.m.

    6-7 p.m. Reception for Honorees

    7 p.m. Celebration Program Starts

    7:30-7:45 p.m. Keynote Presentation: Jeff Johnson

    7:45-8:15 p.m. Panel Discussion: "The Old Heads and the New School: Bridging the Gap to Make a Better Community"

    8:15-9 p.m. Networking and Dessert Reception


    The Franklin Institute Science Museum (Franklin Hall)

    20th Street and the Parkway


    BME ( is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Open Society Foundations' Campaign for Black Male Achievement. To view the 1,000 video stories of leadership, visit

    Visual highlights:

    • Entertainment by Clef Club Youth Jazz Band; Conestoga Angels Drumline

    Interview Opportunities:

    • Donna Frisby-Greenwood, Philadelphia program director, Knight Foundation
    • Trabian Shorters, VP/Communities, Knight Foundation
    • Shawn Dove, program officer, Open Society Foundations' Campaign for Black Male Achievement
    • Hundreds of black men who are making a difference in their communities

    Media Contact:

    For interviews, questions: Pamela Weddington, MEE Productions Inc.,
    215-796-9141 or


    The BME (pronounced "be me") Challenge is a first-of-its kind effort in Philadelphia to highlight the stories of black men and boys over ages 14, who are leading others in creating stronger communities. BME is part of Knight Foundation's Black Males Initiative, which supports black men and boys in strengthening their communities. The campaign launched in August and in two months more than 1,000 local black men and boys in Philadelphia shared their stories. (The videos can be viewed at A key goal was to shine a light on black males who help others achieve by involving their neighbors, friends and fellow citizens in uplifting our community.

    /PRNewswire — Oct. 25, 2011/

    SOURCE MEE Productions Inc.