Black Men Lead

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Black Men Lead Vision

The Black Men Lead movement was birthed from a desire to inspire black men to abandon their natural proclivity to compete with one another in lieu of standing together in unity. One of the greatest impediments moving against Black progression is the lack of Black male leadership. Somewhere along the way, black men chose to abdicate their roles as leaders, providers, protectors, and coverings for those in their homes and communities. Self-aggrandizement became the new order of the day, and the finger-pointing began.

My vision for Blacks as a collective group is the realization of our true potential, and that begins with the elevation and empowerment of our men. I have often said that the spiritual nature of our women can provide the altitude we need, but only our men can provide the compulsion necessary to move us forward. We can only get as high as our women can lift us, and we will only get as far as our men can lead us.

The Black Men Lead initiative should be seen as a resourced challenge to Black men to stand up and behave like Black men, leaving the childish behavior that lacks intrinsic value behind. It is both, a right of passage program for our Black male youth and a clarion call for our adult men. When I say resourced, I mean that we are not simply challenging Black men to step up, we are going to provide them with the resources and guidance necessary to do it. It starts at the top and then it becomes infectious, spreading to all who are within our periphery.

We must adopt a mindset of leading with our lives more than we lead with our words. My mother once told me that I would never have to defend myself when I allowed the life that I lived to speak for me. That is how Black men must lead. We must lead by the lives we live, and that is my vision — a nation of Black men who are leading by the lives they live.

I designed the Black Men Lead program to be a rite of passage program that would serve to properly and effectively racially socialize young Black males --- understanding that the lack of racial socialization is the second most powerful influence on African American adolescent and young adult male violence. If we are to address the inner-city violence in Black communities then we must properly socialize our young Black males. 

We must provide them with a sense of self, addressing the identity crisis that was created through the absence of father figure and male role models. It is estimated that more than 1.5 million Black men are missing in the Black community and that void has left our male youth searching for themselves alone. The Black Men Lead Program is a powerful program that literally reconstructs the Black male identity to build, protect, provide and respect the Black community. To become an asset rather than a terror. We need this program.


Black Men Lead Mission Statement
The mission of Black Men Lead is to systematically engage the enigmatic issues that are plaguing the relationships between Black men in order to free them to live and function in their design and purpose. We will confront those issues that create stagnancy and the lack of progress, such as lack of purpose, the need to compete with other black men, inferiority complex, the lack of understanding black male responsibility and the need to interpolate courage where fear has run rampant — beginning through our rite of passage program.

As you can imagine it costs to facilitate a program like this, especially on a national level. We must provide everything from the securing of facilities where would engage young Black males, to the materials, field trips, further research & development, continued learning, holistic educational support, and more. 

Your help in helping us take this program to the next level will be greatly appreciated. 

Thank you in advance,

Rick Wallace, Ph.D., Psy.D.
Founder & CEO
The Odyssey Project

You can also order Black Men Lead apparel to help support the organization (25 percent of each purchase will go to the Black Men Lead initiative).
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On a daily basis, we are being reminded of the failure to properly socialize, train and develop our young Black males. Not only are we confronted with the constant reminder of African American adolescent and young-adult male violence, but we are being forced to face the consequences of not training our young males to develop proper relationships with our women.

It can be easy to dismiss the current power shakeup in White mainstream media, where White men and some well-placed Black men are being outed for sexually deviant and disrespectful behavior, as being a White issue. However, with over 60 percent of Black women reporting that they were sexually abused as a child, we must come to grips with the fact that our men are still struggling with the pathologies past on from slavery (what I call the legacy of slavery).

The Black Men Lead initiative is a program I designed as a rite of passage for young Black males and an intervention mechanism for older Black males to help properly racially socialize them to be productive and effective in protecting and leading our communities.

As we prepare to branch out nationally, we are in need of the support of the collective to expand our reach. Your contributions will be greatly appreciated.

Best regards,

Rick Wallace, Ph.D., Psy.D.
The Odyssey Project
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Today is "Giving Tuesday," the national holiday for giving. In honor of Giving Tuesday, The Odyssey Project is asking you to share this link with friends and loved ones as well as making a donation.

Support the Black Men Lead Initiate, a rite of passage programmed to help properly racially socialize African American males, which has been proven to reduce African American adolescent and young adult male violence, spouse, and partner abuse, and reduce absentee fatherhood in the Black community!
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Building a Better Black Man!

Nothing happens in a vacuum. The current state of Black America can be traced back through the annals of American history, and while the machinations of institutional racism are evident, we cannot ignore the enemy within.

We must build a better Black man and that begins through the proper racial socialization of our young Black males.

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Building a Better Black Man

We cannot elude the reality associated with the current state of Black manhood. We can't pretend that African American adolescent and young adult males are reigning terror on inner-city Black neighbors for power and territory they don't own.

We can't pretend that Black men, in significant numbers, have not found it to be an acceptable course of action to procreate and then abandon their progeny. We cannot pretend that the second leading cause of death for Black females between the age of 15 and 44 is intimate partner homicide (predominantly at the hands of Black men).

We can't pretend that Black men have deemed to be acceptable to openly degrade and disrespect the Black woman. He has attached himself from his responsibilities as protector, provider, leader and more.

The only way that we overcome this social deficit is to address the issue early in life before our young Black males become contaminated with erroneous ideologies and values. This is done through proper and comprehensive racial socialization and the best way to do that is a universal rite of passage mechanism. I created the Black Men Lead rite of passage program to provide young Black males across this country with the access to the type of engagement and stimulation that will build a Better Black Man.

Now, we need your support to provide the resources necessary to make the program accessible to every community that needs it. It is one thing to talk about what we want and an entirely different thing to invest what it takes to make it happen.

Thank you for your support.
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Thank you in advance for your support!
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