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2017 Call for Stories about Black Male Leaders

BMe Community has announced the 2017 Call for Stories for its annual BMe Leadership Award. The honor is designed to provide recognition, funding and networking opportunities to black men who are helping to build prosperous communities. Award recipients are known as BMe Leaders who are committed to strengthening local economies, maintaining sustainable businesses, and improving the lives of others in their communities. The theme for this year is Black Men’s Genius.

Through the support of The Heinz Endowments, Pittsburgh joins Akron, Miami and Philadelphia in participating in this year’s award program in which 25 black men will receive up to $10,000 each to build on the good they are already doing within their communities and, ultimately, to help create a more caring and prosperous region through their efforts. Award recipients also will travel to Washington, D.C., to be inducted into a lifelong fellowship of their peers.

As a national network, BMe Community places a spotlight on the many ways that inspirational black men bring out the best in their cities, so that these cities have a  more attractive image as well. Since 2012, BMe has awarded more $2 million to men who are deeply committed to the well-being of others and are making a substantial positive impact on communities across the country.

Applications are being accepted through Feb. 21 at Nominees must be black men who are at least 18 years old and live in the Pittsburgh region.

For more information about the 2017 Call for Stories, please contact Harry Johnson at or visit