Hello Everyone! We’re soliciting Pledges — and Pledge Keepers — to visualize the effectiveness of the work we’re doing to change attitudes across the world toward Black boys. We now have a map! And we’re joining forces with Dr. Ivory Toldson who has asked for our map to be presented personally at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference on September 21.
Find details about the initiative below:
Little Brother, a 10-year/10-chapter film series from Nicole Franklin and Jasmin Tiggett, has teamed up with Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s senior research analyst Dr. Ivory Toldson, to map a pledge to empower and sustain Black Male Achievement.
Dr. Toldson has done incredible research enlightening and celebrating the success of school-aged Black males. The films of Little Brother highlight young Black males and their thoughts on Love, and take a bold look at the emotional impact environmental influences have on the psyche of preteen youth.
We know that you support the healthy environments for learning and success of our young Black males. Now, we are launching a visual representation by mapping communities actively fostering the healthy development of African American males.
On September 21 during the 42nd Annual Legislative Conference, Dr. Toldson will present Breaking Barriers 3: Government, Leadership and Sustainability for Black Male Achievement to give real solutions for real challenges, from proven leaders of black male initiatives. He will follow that session with Health Education and Literacy Policy (HELP) for School-age Black Children which will introduce the joint initiative with Little Brother.
During this session we will launch Mapping Our Pledge to Little Brothers, an online community engagement project that combines Dr. Toldson’s efforts and the themes of EPIPHANY Inc.’s Little Brother film series to illustrate through a digital map how revolutionizing current societal views on Black males is inevitable and welcomed.
We are asking that you participate as a Little Brother Pledge Keeper by including your Pledge on an interactive map where conference attendees and visitors to our website, www.littlebrotherfilm.com/mapyourpledge, will be able to visualize a global dialogue to encourage and support the positive aspects of Black male youth in the United States.
This is a movement that we hope you will join. There is no cost for your involvement, yet by including your Pledge to our Little Brothers on a digital map, this simple gesture will garner a wealth of results.
In order to be a part of the conference presentation, we would need your pledges by August 15, 2012. Any time after that date, you will be well represented on our map.
Becoming a Pledge Keeper is simple and can be done in two steps:
Step One: Complete this statement: “I Pledge to __________________ (spend quality time listening to, pray for, tutor, read to, ride bikes with, go fishing with, attend Church with, etc.) a Little Brother. I will commit to this Pledge along with individuals and organizations that support the education, health, and emotional well-being of Black boys in my community in order to make sure that young Black males feel safe, respected, empowered, and loved.
Options of the Pledge Keeper’s choosing should center on improving the emotional health and positive educational outcomes for Black males within any of the following four areas:
· Personal and Emotional
· Social and Environmental
1) Your Name
2) City and State
3) (Optional) Your referral of a local community program or educational institution that you feel supports our Little Brothers as well. If you choose to include the name of a local community resource, those who see your pledge will be inspired to move to action as well.
That completes your entry! For any further questions, please contact the Little Brother Film Team at LittleBrotherFilm@gmail.com.
The Health Education and Literacy Policy (HELP) for School-age Black Children will take place on Friday, September 21, 2012 from 3:30pm-5:00pm in the Washington Convention Center Room 201. To attend the conference and see the mapping project unveiled in person, contact Kalyn Hall with The Congressional Black Caucus at (202) 263-2806, KHall@cbcfinc.org.
Thank you for becoming a Little Brother Pledge Keeper. Please share this info with those you wish to share in this movement.
The Little Brother Film Team
The Office of Dr. Ivory Toldson