Local grassroots orgs. launch Black leadership campaign

Black Greeks Speak Social Justice and Human Rights Council (BGS) will launch the New Black Leadership Campaign on January 14-15, 2017 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend in five cities across the United States. The campaign will host leading business, education, political, and grassroots leaders in a series of forums and workshops in Cincinnati, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, and Atlanta.

“The New Black Leadership Campaign is inspiring a new generation of black leaders in America, from social entrepreneurs to former athletes to grassroots political activists”, said Tai Davis, Coordinator for the Atlanta New Black Leadership Campaign. The New Black Leadership Campaign is the 2017 public engagement initiative for BGS.

“The campaign is a national initiative designed to highlight, train, and support new leaders who are doing innovative work in communities of color at the grassroots level in politics, business, education and community development,” said Dr. Marlon Smith, Founder of BGS. The campaign will help us meet our 10 in 10 goal. “BGS is committed to see 10 percent increase every year for the next 10 years around our core issues,” said Smith.

In addition, to the five city launch, BGS has partnered with various grassroots organizations including local black lives matter affiliates and My Brother’s Keeper initiatives. “The campaign isn’t simply about coming together to talk about the problems within the black community,” said Vanessa Enoch, BGS coordinator for Cincinnati area.

“This isn’t about starting something new, but building on existing models and programs,” said Enoch. Local action teams will work on establishing metrics to track successes and places for improvement throughout the year.

For more information regarding the New Black Leadership Campaign visit www.blackgreeksspeak.org .