In a dramatic and historic move, organizers and supporters of
the June 23rd Black Males Solidarity Day decided to take their message
to heart and revise the route for the upcoming mobilization. In
the long history of Freedom Corner, no demonstration has ever originated
downtown and ended in Pittsburghs historic Hill District Community.
On Saturday, June 23rd, just that
will happen. Organizers believe strongly that while public policy
directions are of vital importance, the ultimate responsibility
for addressing the challenges faced by the greater African American
community must be shouldered by us. Our dramatic march from downtown
Up to the Hill symbolically reflects the serious nature
of the charge we have taken on. Residents of the Hill District are
currently in the midst of a struggle to address a broad range of
issues that will dramatically affect the community for decades.
That struggle is representative of the many struggles being waged
in neighborhoods throughout the area. Black men and boys from across
the County will assemble downtown, and in a dramatic expression
of solidarity with the Hills mostly African American residents,
march to Freedom Corner at Center and Center and Crawford St.
pass this information along, and stay tuned for additional updates
as the program takes place. Determined to do more than simply march,
the BMSD organizers are working to develop a program to help ensure
that the June 23rd mobilization helps to lay a foundation to strengthen
and expand the work already being carried out in our neighborhoods
across the county.
You Can Do To Build the Mobilization
· Share the Call to Action attached here for details on the
broad objectives of this mobilization. Details regarding the route
will be revised shortly, but the thrust remains unchanged.
· Reply to this message by indicating your endorsement of
the mobilization. Your name and/or organization will be listed in
an upcoming published list of endorsers.
· Spread the word to your network encouraging them to do
the same and to come out on the 23rd at 10:00 a.m. at the City County
· If you belong to any organization that is addressing the
broad range of issues outlined in our Call to Action, prepare a
banner identifying your organization to march behind on June 23rd.
If you have already responded, thank you. Now, help to build support.
The coordinating committee will be meeting throughout the coming
weeks to refine the focus and program for this effort. If you are
interested in being part of that effort, please let me know so that
we get the information to you regarding meetings and/or assignments.
We also want to do whatever we can to improve communication around
this mobilization, so keep the discussions going, online and off.
we want to thank all the Brothers who have come forward to endorse
this action. Throughout the past several weeks, we have been met
with enthusiasm and growing interest in this action. Follow the
link below and read Hop Kendricks column in this weeks
New Pittsburgh Courier calling on brothers everywhere to come out
had to cut off the list of endorsers for publication in this weeks
New Pittsburgh Courier, but are continuing to collect names of brothers
and organizations that would like to be noted as endorsing the mobilization.
So, anyone who would like to add their name to the list below should
contact us. The final list of endorsers will be available next Saturday
at the mobilization. Meanwhile, you can help build the mobilization
by doing the following:
Share the Call to Action and personally recruit three brothers to
attend next week with you.
Encourage those who have not done so to sign on as endorsers.
If you belong to any organization that is addressing the broad range
of issues outlined in our Call to Action, prepare a banner identifying
your organization to march behind on June 23rd.
our full page ad this week in the New Pittsburgh Courier. With over
200 endorsers to date, we are encouraged by your response to The
Call to Action. Together, we hope to spark the beginning of a recommitment
to taking control and responsibility for our community. Through
our personal commitments and the commitment of the organizations
that work on our behalf, we can and must make a difference. Come
stand with us on June 23rd.
appealing to all Black males, in western Pennsylvania, to gather
in the spirit of the Million Man March, at the City-County Building
on Grant Street, Saturday June 23rd at 10 AM sharp.
point we will march to Freedom Corner (Centre Ave and Crawford)
for a rally at 11:30 AM.
Men Solidarity Day Mobilization Endorsements
listed for identification purposes only.)
Ahmad Sandidge, Sandidge Photography Group
Al J. Smith, Jr.
Albert Currie, President, Black Men Rising
Alex Mathews, former President Pittsburgh School Board
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Anthony B. Mitchell, Ph.D.
Anthony Scott, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Arnold Perry, Silver Lake Community Improvement Association
Ashley G. Woodson, BROTHA ASH PRODUCTIONS
Bagumba Lowery, Harambee Ujima Black Arts Festival
Barry S. McCrary Ed.D, Maleness to Manhood
Bill Robinson, member Allegheny County Council
Billy Jackson, Community Media
Black Political Empowerment Project
Black Voices for Peace
Bob Jones, Garfield Youth Sports
Brandon Jennings, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity
C. Richard Gillcrese, Nationtime Video
Carl Redwood, One Hill Community Benefits Agreement Coalition
Carlton Haywood, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Carlton Watson, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Chris Howard, Healthy Black Family Project
Claude C. Council, Esq.
Clifford H. Simon, Wilkinsburg High School Athletic Department
Community Empowerment Association
DaMon R. Macklin, Former Candidate, City of Pittsburgh Controller
Daniel Lavelle, Lavelle Real Estate, Asst. Scout Master Troop 93
Darnell Werm Grisham, Werms Eye View Productions
David E. Reese, Wilkinsburg Baseball
Delbert E. Smith, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Dewitt Walton, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc, A. Phillip Randolph
Don Patterson, Homewood Renaissance
Douglas L. Ransaw, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Dr. James Stewart
Dr. Thomas B. Meade
E. Richard Phipps, Western Pa. Black Political Assembly
Elder Milton Raiford, Petra Ministries
Elijah Bilal Muhammad
Eric S. Smith, Former Candidate, Council District Nine
Evan Frazier, Hill House Association
Evans Moore, Jr.
Fred Crawford, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
George E. Fitch, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
George Edward Ware
Greg Spencer, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Hassan Sharif, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Herman Jones, Ph.D., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Homewood Brushton Roundtable
Hon. Joseph Preston Jr.; Pa. House of Representatives
Iota Phi Foundation
Jack B Day
James A. Stewart III
James Clingman, Blackonomics
James Owens, VIP Entertainment
Jeff McKinney, President, Allegheny County Midget Football League
Jesse Jenkins, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Jibril Abdul-Hafeez, Mohammeds Initiatives
John Ayers, President, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
John Brewer, author, African Americans In Pittsburgh,
John Wallace, Jr.
Jonathan T. Backers, Alliance of Male Empowerment Networks
Jonathan Wayne Adams
K. Mensah Wali, Kente Arts Alliance
Kaka Bruce Barnes
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Keith Clark, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Keith Murphy, Bethany House and the Northview Heights/St. Clair
Kenneth Minefield, Basileus, Omega Psi Phi
Kerry Muckler, East Liberty Family Support Center
Leonard Dunston, President Emeritus, National Association of Black
Les Biglow, Wa-Waxx Productions
Louis Hop Kendrick, To Tell The Truth
Luther J. Sewell, LJS Publishing
Major A. Mason III, Ph.D., Informason and Associates
Malik G. Bankston, The Kingsley Association
Mark Brentley, member Pittsburgh School Board
Mark C. Southers
Martin Andrews, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Martin Hampton, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Masjid Al Mumin
Maurice Redwood, Kingsley Youth Leadership Program
Menachem Y. Mackey
Michael Frazier, Carpenter, L.U. 142
Michael Harrel, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Michael Turner, One Hood
Mike White, Mikes Lawn Care
Miles Adams Sr.
Millions More Movement
Minister Jasiri X, local representative of the Honorable Minister
Monte Stephens Sr., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Muhammads Mosque No. 22
Nate Franchise Brown
Nation of Gods and Earths
New Africa Students Research & Development Group
Olushegun Amen Ra
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Pan Hellenic Council of Pittsburgh, Inc
Paradise Gray, One Hood
Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network
Ralph Proctor, Introspec
Randall Taylor, member Pittsburgh School Board
Randy Brockington, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Rev Thomas Smith, Co-Convener, Western Pa Black Political Assembly
Rev. Eugene J. Blackwell, Bethesda Presbyterian Church
Rev. Hubert Hutcherson, Shiloh Community Missionary Baptist Church
Rev. John C Welch, VP Dean of Students Pittsburgh Theological Seminary,
President, Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN)
Rev. Miles S. Adams Jr., Asst Pastor, Crossroads Church Staten Island
Rev. Vaughn Tarrant
Reverend Eugene Downing, Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church
Richard B. Edmunds, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Richard G. Portis
Richard M. Adams Sr.
Richard M. Carrington
Rick Adams, Institute of the Black World 21st Century
Robert A. Edison, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Robert Benson, Homewood Church of God
Robert Poston, Advisor, Allegheny County Midget Football League
Roger Kingdom, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Roland Ford, Accelerators Running Club
Ron Daniels, Institute of the Black World 21st Century
Ron Hunt, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Ron O. Jones, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Ron Scott, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Sage Berlin, Mogul Mind LLC/Berlin International
Sala Udin, former City Councilman
Samuel Thompson Jr.
Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity
T. Rashad Byrdsong
The National Council for Urban Peace and Justice
Thom Sumpter, member Pittsburgh School Board
Tino Swope, Pittsburgh Gentleman MC
Turhan Shabazz, Poet
Uhuru Hotep, Ph.D., Kwame Ture Leadership Institute
Universal Street Academy Community Development Association
Voices Against Violence
Wilbert A. Young, former Mayor Wilkinsburg Pa.
William Baker, Bakers Dairy
Windgap-Chartiers Athletic Association
Yusef Ali, President, Muslim Council of Pittsburgh, Omega Psi Phi
Male Solidarity Day (BMSD): Calling All Black Males in the Pittsburgh,
Saturday June 23, 2007
10 AM at The City/County Building
Black males are under
attack from all quarters in this society.
At the end of 2001,
16.5 percent of the Black male population had been to prison compared
to 7.7% of Hispanic and 2.7% of white men. State of Black
America- National Urban League New Pittsburgh Courier- April18-24,
Black males between
15 and 34 are nine times more likely to be killed by firearms and
nearly eight times as likely to suffer from AIDS. State of Black
America- National Urban League report 2007
There were 95 homicides
total in 200675 took the lives of Black people, 70 of those
were Black men Under Attack by Us! New Pittsburgh Courier-
April 4-10, 2007
The unemployment for
black men was 9.5 percent, compared to 4 percent for white men,
Black men earned less than 75 percent of what white men did
$34,443 vs. $46,807. State of Black America- National Urban
League report 2007
Black males 14
to 24 years old: were implicated in a quarter of the nation's homicides
and accounted for 15 percent of the homicide victims in 2002, although
they were just 1.2 percent of the population. Bureau of Justice
All of us must
commit to be more than spectators to the political and social upheavals
taking place around us. Thought-provoking voices must challenge
the policies and practices of the old, tired stewards. Editorial
New Pittsburgh Courier May 2-6, 2007
It is time for all Black
men to man up and move collectively to confront the
ills that plague our families and communities. It is time for all
Black men to embrace the Brother to Brother Movement
(B2BM) for mental liberation, self-determination and building a
collective consensus. This is the purpose of the call for a Black
Male Solidarity Day (BMSD)
We are appealing to all
Black males, in western Pennsylvania, to gather in the spirit of
the Million Man March,
at the City-County Building
on Grant Street (downtown Pittsburgh) on Saturday June 23rd at 10
AM sharp. From that point we will march to Freedom Corner, (Centre
and Crawford, above the Civic Arena - Hill District) for a rally
at 11:30 AM. The general goals of the Black Male Solidarity Day
1. Peace in the Hood-
Stop the Violence! 2. Unity and solidarity among Black men to bring
about positive change. 3. Take a stand and use the power of unity
to address the issues facing our communities. 4. Complete economic
and social development of our communities. The assembled men will
be challenged to become part of the Brother to Brother (B2BM) Movement
to join existing organizations or start organizations that will
address how to counteract destructive behavior, strengthen Black
male networks, increase public and neighborhood safety, build Black
institutions, promote Black self development and investment, inter
denominational religious collaboration and demand independent Black
Specifically the men
who gather June 23rd will be challenged to stand-up!
Participants in the BMSD
will be given very specific practical ideas that Black men can individually
and collectively do to improve the quality of life for their families
and communities. These action items will form the nuclei of a Black
Agenda for the Spiritual, Political, Social and Economic development
of our people.
Central to the Black
Male Day of Solidarity is the revival of Dr. Martin Luther King
Jrs Poor Peoples Campaign that called for a Marshal
Plan like "economic bill of rights, an anti-poverty package
that included a commitment to full employment, a guaranteed annual
income measure, increased construction of low-income housing, quality
education for all Americans, decent medical and dental plans and
abolition of discrimination against any group in the criminal justice
The BMSD Black Agenda
will form the basis for a collective assault on destructive Black
male behavior and the public and private sectors that have failed
to address the critical and very real needs of Black males and the
entire Black community.
In August the Brother
to Brother Movement (B2BM) will join with the entire Black family
to have a mass Black Family gathering in August. At the gathering
in August the B2BM will report on its progress to date and invite
the entire community to join in a united movement for positive change.
412.371.3689 or firstname.lastname@example.org
if you or your organizations wish to join the Movement! Participating
organizations are encouraged to bring their organizational banner
and march as a delegation.
BROTHER TO BROTHER @ www.myspace.com/brother2brotherpgh