Blogs/News

City Leaders Gather in Portland to Hear from Black Male Millennials (October 23, 2015)

City and community leaders gathered in Portland, Ore. to hear from black male millennials, learn about racial equity's connection to black male achievement (BMA), share strategies on sustaining BMA, and gain insights for adopting/implementing comprehensive employment-focused policies.

Cities United Hires Seasoned Leader as First Chief Executive Officer (October 13, 2015)

Anthony Smith will lead Cities United as its first chief executive officer, announced Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Co-founded by Mayor Nutter and Mayor Landrieu in 2011, Cities United serves as a national network of communities focused on eliminating violence in American cities related to African American men and boys.

Responding with Grace to the President's Charleston Eulogy (September 10, 2015)

The Director of NLC's Race, Equity And Leadership (REAL) initiative encourages city leaders to reflect on this past summer's events and respond with grace to racial tensions in their own communities. 

Undoing Racism in America's Cities & REAL Talk to REAL Action: Undoing Racism in America's Cities (August 31, 2015)

NLC held its second REAL (Race, Equity And Leadership) event at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. this summer. Undoing Racism in America's Cities and Towns explored how city leaders are advancing racial understanding and healing within communities across the nation.

Promoting Black Male Achievement in America: A Guide for City Leaders (July 17, 2015)

NLC's multi-year efforts focused on Black Male Achievement urges cities to understand the need for policy changes and building sustainable structures.

New Orleans Case Study: How City Leaders Can Promote Racial Awareness & Reconciliation (July 10, 2015)

NLC's Timothy Evans describes how, under the leadership of Mayor Mitch Landrieu, New Orleans is taking the lead in community-building efforts to address racial reconciliation.

From Ferguson to Charleston, a Renewed Focus on Race, Equity and Leadership (July 10, 2015)

Baltimore is just one of many cities across the nation that have experienced tragic events during the past year related to issues of racism, inequity, economic development and police-community relations.

Undoing Racism in America's Cities (June 8, 2015)

NLC held its second REAL (Race, Equity And Leadership) event at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. this summer. Undoing Racism in America's Cities and Towns explored how city leaders are advancing racial understanding and healing within communities across the nation.

City Leadership Promotes Black Male Achievement (April 21, 2014)

On April 9-11, the 11 cities selected to participate in NLC's City Leadership to Promote Black Male Achievement initiative gathered in Oakland, Calif. for their first cross-site convening.  The intensive three-day meeting provided cities with the opportunity to learn from peers on how to advance targeted plans to meet the needs of young black men and boys, who experience disproportionately high rates of poverty, family instability, failure in school, unemployment, incarceration and homicide compared to their peers.

Answering the Call to "Save our Sons" (April 18, 2014)

Cliff Johnson, the Executive Director of Institute for Youth, Education, and Families at NLC, reflects on his experience at the 2014 Black Male Achievement cross-site convening in Oakland, CA.

Building on What Works to Create Opportunity for Young Men of Color (February 27, 2014)

President Obama recently announced the My Brother's Keeper initiative and held a convening at the East Room of the White House today to kick off this important work, beginning with the establishment of the My Brother's Keeper Task Force. The initiative will focus on implementing practical, results-driven strategies to ensure that young men of color are on equal footing with their peers in having access to opportunities to achieve the American dream.

NLC Launches Network to Improve Outcomes for Young Men of Color (February 6, 2013)

NLC recently convened local leaders from 18 cities to discuss two new initiatives to expand opportunities for young men of color. At a meeting held February 4-5 in Washington, D.C., these local officials, youth leaders, and community activists launched a Young Men of Color Network that will be coordinated by NLC's Institute for Youth, Education and Families (YEF Institute). The network will connect city officials as they identify and share best practices for helping young men of color succeed.

Cities Develop New Strategies for Reengaging Dropouts, Boosting High School Graduation Rates (December 10, 2012)

When thinking about the more than one million young people nationwide who drop out of school each year, it is easy to assume that school is the last place they want to be. A growing number of cities are questioning this assumption, however, and increasingly finding that for many recent dropouts it is just plain wrong.

NLC Announces New Guide on City Strategies to Promote Black Male Achievement (September 28, 2012)

NLC's Institute for Youth, Education and Families has published a new municipal action guide that highlights potential strategies and promising city approaches for reducing the persistent disparities between black males and their peers in the areas of education, work and family.

Collaborative Efforts Seek to Help Disconnected Youth, Young Men of Color (October 24, 2011)

NLC's Institute for Youth, Education and Families hosted and facilitated the meeting with support from the Charles Stewart Mott and Open Society Foundations. Boston, Denver, Newark, New York City, Omaha, Philadelphia, Portland, Ore., and San Francisco fielded teams that included city and school officials, as well as community-based partners. The cross-system teams participated in a groundbreaking meeting in Denver to develop and expand city strategies for reengaging disconnected youth and improving achievement among young men of color.