America's Wire Releases Article Detailing Work By Foundations To Provide Opportunities For African-American Men And Boys

Jun 01, 2012, 11:10 ET from America's Wire

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WASHINGTON, June 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- America's Wire today released an article that documents the many programs funded by philanthropic foundations and organizations to provide broader opportunities to African-American men and boys and help them achieve better life outcomes.

The article notes that some programs address the structural bias that leaves African-American men and boys more likely to be incarcerated, jobless and disproportionately affected by other social disadvantages.  "Organizations such as Open Society Foundations, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Mitchell Kapor Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and local and regional foundations are working to assist African-American males," the article notes.

"Both explicit and unconscious bias affects young men and boys of color in particular, denying them equal opportunities to succeed in their communities," says Dr. Gail C. Christopher, Kellogg's vice president for program strategy, in the article. "At the Kellogg Foundation, a critical objective for our racial healing and racial equity strategy seeks to remove structural and implicit barriers that limit their success. Achieving and sustaining racial equity requires strong systems of accountability, and as importantly, success requires uprooting a belief system of racial hierarchy."

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"This story demonstrates a growing awareness of the challenges that African-American men and boys face in our society, and a willingness to help them overcome these hurdles," said Michael K. Frisby, president of America's Wire. "These foundations and organizations should be applauded for their efforts to help men and boys of color achieve better life outcomes."       

America's Wire is an independent journalism outlet that provides newspapers, community papers, websites, ethnic publications and wire services with stories and commentaries that report on structural bias, and the communities impacted by it. This week, we are also featuring a commentary on life in the New Orleans 9th Ward.  Our stories are available at  and can be republished by media outlets at no charge.  America's Wire is operated by the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education and is made possible through a grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.

Michael K. Frisby

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