Reclaiming American Values

BLAC is a movement that builds Black power by providing education and resources that uplift our communities.

About Us

BLAC is a movement that builds Black power by providing education and resources that uplift our communities. Bringing some of the brightest and most diverse minds in the country together, we research the state of the black community to develop tactical strategy to empower America’s black ethos. Through strategic methodology, we work to dismantle systematic racism by creating systemic change, opportunity, and equity for African-Americans.

Why Are We Doing This?

We are challenged by the words of one of Dr. Martin Luther King’s final messages: “…It is time for the negro middle class to rise up from its stool of indifference, to retreat from its flight into unreality, and to bring its full resources, its heart, its mind, and its checkbook, to the aid of its less fortunate brother and sister.

In this same address, Dr. King noted the fact that, “White indifference continues to lock this undercover and sometimes blatant racism in play. With complicitness, apathy, and disinterest when the next logical steps are to be taken.

BLAC is an interracial movement that depends on the solidarity of both black and white individuals, and the collaboration of other races, to ensure that a united front is engaged in the fight against racist limitation and bias.

Our tool in the realization of black human rights is not formed from words and protest alone. It must be wielded from the art of calculated strategy and compromise. This coalition will not be an organ of protest only. In practice, we will activate the second phase of mobilization,  consistent negotiation. This kind of work is a long road approach. If done right, it will have significant outcomes at desired checkpoints for African American human rights in this country. We will form a collective of committed thinkers to engage “organized thought and strategic negotiations.”

The strength of our organizing potential is in creating commissions of leaders around sectors of life that African Americans intersect, and to develop policies for those sectors that uplift the individuals and communities in ways that can be tangibly realized. In large part, the work of commissions will be: 1) adequately researching the resources provided to our states and cities, 2) cataloging them in useful ways, 3) measuring them for effectiveness and improvement, and 4) sharing them with African American populations.

Our tool in the realization of black human rights is not formed from words and protest alone. It must be wielded from the art of calculated strategy and compromise. This coalition will not be an organ of protest only. In practice, we will activate the second phase of mobilization which is consistent negotiation. This kind of work is a long road approach. If done right, it will have significant outcomes at desired checkpoints for African American human rights in this country. We will form a collective of committed thinkers to engage “organized thought, strategic negotiations.”

Sectors of Impact

Economic Empowerment (Business and Entrepreneurship)
Colleges and Universities
Community Action
Creatives and The Arts
Criminal Justice Reform
Education
Entertainment

Faith Communities and Religion
Government Engagement
Industry (Private and Public Sector)
Legal Reform
LGBTQIA Community
Media
Mental Health
Policy Oversight Commission

 

Race Relations
Sports
Technology
Wealth Management
Women’s Rights
Youth Programming and Engagement

Organizational Leadership

Our social construct is racially, experientially, and economically diverse. That diversity creates a unique platform for dialogue and synergy around developing solutions with long term impact in black communities.

Dexter Sullivan

Dexter Sullivan

President
David S. Walker

David S. Walker

Vice President
Adam Arrington

Adam Arrington

Secretary
Colten Barnaby

Colten Barnaby

Treasurer
Chenelle A. Jones, Ph.D.

Chenelle A. Jones, Ph.D.

Board Member
Dr. Timothy Bradford

Dr. Timothy Bradford

Ex Officio Board Member
Tiffany Johnson

Tiffany Johnson

Chief of Staff

Organizational Structure

Board of Directors
The Board of Directors steer the direction and course of the organization by formal appointment.

Board of Advisors
The Board of Advisors advises the direction of the organization and organize strategic funding and expansion opportunities that impact the reach of the organization’s sector initiatives.

Commission Members
Commission members commit to partner with one or more of the sector initiatives to research and develop policies that protect and enrich the will of the Coalition in African-American communities nationally.

Apprentices
BLAC apprentices support the Board and the Commissions administratively, while being facilitated through a leadership development program that readies them for effective community service in their respective futures.

Allies
Allies are advocates of the work and support the BLAC Coalition in their individual activism, organizing, and/or fundraising support.

The strength of BLAC’s organizing potential is in the commissions of leaders involved in the conversation. We center a diverse group of individuals around sector initiatives that African American life consistently intersects. Our commissions develop the research and the policies that uplift black communities in ways that can be tangibly realized.

Partner With Us

Help us in our vision to:

  1. Close disproportionate disparities for African American communities.
  2. Foster realized equality in African American communities.
  3. Secure African American human rights in practice.
  4. Establish policies that protect African American rights and better serve our values.

Resource Curation

Part of the Coalition’s work is to:

1) Adequately research and understand the distribution of resources in our states and cities.

2) Catalog them in ways that are useful to the African American citizens’ benefit.

3) Measure the distribution of resources for effectiveness and improvement.

4) Sharing the information pertaining to these community resources with African American populations.

What’s Our Why?

Our tool in the realization of black human rights is not obtained through words and protest only. It must be wielded from the art of calculated strategy and compromise. This coalition will not be an organ of activism only. In practice, we also activate the second phase of mobilization – consistent negotiation. This kind of work is a long road approach. If done right, it will have significant outcomes at desired checkpoints for African American human rights in this country. We form a collective committee of determined thinkers, engaging the times with “organized thought and strategic negotiations.”

We are charged by the challenge of Dr. Martin Luther King in one of his final messages to America that, “…It is time for the negro middle class to rise up from its stool of indifference, to retreat from its flight into unreality, and to bring its full resources, its heart, its mind, and its checkbook, to the aid of its less fortunate brother and sister.” In this same address, Where Do We Go From Here, Dr. King noted the fact that, “White indifference continues to lock this undercover and sometimes blatant racism in play. With complicitness, apathy, and disinterest when the next logical steps are to be taken.” This is an interracial movement that depends solely on the solidarity of black and white individuals, and the collaboration of other races, to ensure that a united front is sustained in the fight against racist limitation and bias.

Ways to Get Involved

Commission Members are those individuals that commit to partner with one or more of the sector initiatives to research and develop policies that will accomplish our goal of protecting and enriching the will of African American communities nationally.

Apprentices support the Board and the Commissions administratively, while also being facilitated through a leadership development program that will ready them for effective community service in their respective future.

Allies are advocates of the work, and support the cause in their activism, organizing, and fundraising. No official financial commitment is required to become an ally at this time.

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