The state of

African American
Men & Boys

The purpose of this research report is to enhance the community’s understanding of the status of African American boys and men in Baton Rouge in the following areas: socioeconomic well-being, academic achievement, health, quality of life indicators and the impact of access to and distribution of resources.

The report draws from scholarly journal articles, academic books, government documents, reports from national foundations, and other relevant sources to identify and empirically examine the status of African American boys and men in Baton Rouge and to provide brief descriptions of the dominant explanations for racial disparities between Black boys and men in Baton Rouge and other groups.The report also includes a call to interest-holders to address the roles of public policies and private practices in explaining variations in the quality of life of Baton Rouge residents by race and gender.

The document concludes with the introduction of a framework for engaging various interest-holders around issues impacting Black boys and men in the city


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The Urban Congress on African American Boys & Men in Baton Rouge

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Baton Rouge Community College

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Shaka Senghor is a leading voice in criminal justice reform and the Director of Strategy for #Cut50, a national bipartisan initiative to safely and smartly reduce the prison population by 50 percent by 2025. His memoir, Writing My Wrongs, is a redemption story told through a stunningly human portrait of what it’s like to grow up in the gravitational pull of poverty, violence, fear, and hopelessness. It’s an unforgettable tale of forgiveness and second chances, one that reminds us that our worst deeds don’t define who we are or what we can contribute to the world. His story has inspired thousands and serves as a powerful testament to the power of hope, compassion and unconditional love.


Oprah Winfrey has referred to her interview with Shaka for Super Soul Sunday as “one of the best I’ve ever had—not just in my career, but in my life… His story touched my soul.” Shaka’s TED Talk, which he delivered at TED’s 30th Anniversary Conference, received a standing ovation and has been viewed more than 1.2 million times; TED featured his talk in it’s “Year in Ideas” roundup, a collection of the most powerful TED Talks of 2014.


Shaka is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2015 Manchester University Innovator of the Year Award and the 2012 Black Male Engagement (BMe) Leadership Award. He was a 2014 TED Prize finalist for The Atonement Project, which is designed to help victims and violent offenders heal through the power of the arts. Shaka is a former MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow, and a current Fellow in the inaugural class of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Community Leadership Network. He has taught at the University of Michigan and shares his story of redemption around the world.


Trabian Shorters is founder and CEO of BMe. He began the initiative while serving as vice president of the Knight Foundation. With the full blessing of his board and CEO, and with a generous donation from the foundation, Trabian left Knight Foundation on July 1, 2013 to grow the BMe Community. Trabian has a long history in building innovative networks for the public good. First as one of the authors of AmeriCorps, then as a founder of an innovative nonprofit technology support network which was backed by both AOL and Microsoft in 1999. He went on to be the director of Ashoka-US, which funds and networks outstanding social entrepreneurs, before joining the Knight Foundation wherein he managed a $300M portfolio for 6 years and led Knight’s groundbreaking Community Information Challenge. Based upon the research of Daniel Kahneman, Chip Heath, Jonah Sachs, Monique Sternin and Jonah Berger; Trabian devised a community engagement and transformation theory called “Asset-Framing” and through the Knight Foundation he worked with social impact design firm, Context Partners, and marketing giant, Ogilvy & Mather, to apply it regarding black males of Baltimore, Detroit, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

The Urban Congress Planning Committee

Adell Brown – Southern University Agricultural Center
Brandon Smith – LSU Office of Academic Affairs
Darrin Goss – Capital Area United Way
​Dr. Lori Martin – LSU Department of Sociology​
Emanuel Andrews III – Pennington Biomedical Research Center.

Marc Garnier – Aetna Better Health of Louisiana
George Bell – Baton Rouge General
Tommy Morris – Baton Rouge Community College
John Daniel – Boys Hope Girls Hope
Michael Victorian – 100 Black Men
Michael Seaberry – LSU Black Male Initiative


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