100 Black Men of America Sends Letter to Obama Stating that Grant Restrictions Are Causing Black Organizations to Be Left Out of Participating in ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ Initiative

Why President Obama's 'My Brother's Keeper' Initiative Is Urgent

New grant requirements on the White House’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative could keep a majority of black organizations from participating, much to the concern of 100 Black Men of America, Crew of 42 reports.

According to the blog, 100 Black Men of America has sent a letter to the Obama administration expressing its concerns about the new rule for eligibility, which states that applicants must be “national organizations defined as having active chapters or sub awardees in at least 45 states.”

Such a requirement effectively rules out all community-based organizations and most organizations—including 100 Black Men of America—with the possible exception of the NAACP, though 100 Black Men in its letter argued that the civil rights group would be excluded as well.

“Since 1963, the 100 Black Men of America Inc., has embraced challenges impacting black boys …. as you could imagine, as a national organization with a presence in 30-plus states, we were indeed pleased to see that the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention had finally extended an opportunity for historically excluded opportunities to fully participate in the national funding opportunities available …. Unfortunately our jubilation was short lived, as your office’s revised RFP of April 10, 2014, quickly quelled any hopes we had of enriching and expanding the services we currently provide for the children that we serve,” 100 Black Men President Michael Brown wrote in the letter, according to Crew of 42.

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Source: The Root |