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Brotherhood Crusade Selected for the Leadership & Sustainability Institute’s Black Male Achievement Social Innovation Accelerator
By Sentinel News Service
Published July 26, 2013

Brotherhood Crusade is among the field’s most promising leaders nationwide

The Leadership & Sustainability Institute for Black Male Achievement (LSI) has selected Dr. Nathan Sessoms of Brotherhood Crusade for its inaugural cohort of seven Black Male Achievement (BMA) Social Innovators. The new BMA Innovators are leaders whose work has resulted in real improvements in the life outcomes of black men and boys and who have the passion and potential to increase their national leadership and impact.

“This first BMA Social Innovator cohort represents what winning looks like in the field of black male achievement,” said Shawn Dove, Manager of Open Society Foundations’ Campaign for Black Male Achievement, which launched the LSI. “These inspiring individuals are among the nation’s most promising leaders working to improve the life outcomes of black men and boys, and the Leadership & Sustainability Institute will provide them with the tools they need to increase their impact within their organizations and in the field.”

The BMA Innovators are working in cities across the country to attain educational equity, expand work opportunities, strengthen family structures, and promote positive frames and messages for black men and boys. They will receive 12 months of one-on-one capacity-building support, be introduced and showcased to local and national funders, and will receive targeted support to increase their national leadership and impact in the field of black male achievement.

 The 2014 BMA Social Innovators are:


•           Advancement Project

Lead BMA Innovator: Judith Browne Dianis

            Center for Urban Families

Lead BMA Innovator: Joseph Jones

            Don Bosco Hall, Inc.

Lead BMA Innovator: Charles Small

            Eagle Academy Foundation

Lead BMA Innovator: David Banks

            Los Angeles Brotherhood Crusade

Lead BMA Innovator: Dr. Nathan Sessoms

  Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education

Lead BMA Innovator: Dori Maynard

            Schott Foundation for Public Education

Lead BMA Innovator: Dr. John Jackson

A selection committee composed of 40 issue experts, funders, and practitioners reviewed applications from more than 70 organizations nationwide. The committee selected the new BMA Innovators based on their evidence of effectiveness as well as their potential to expand, impact systemic change, and become national spokespeople for the field of black male achievement.

For more information about the Leadership & Sustainability Institute, visit




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