Knight Foundation Invests $3.6 Million in Black Male Engagement Network

The has announced a $3.6 million investment in , a new network of African-American men working to build caring and prosperous communities.

Set to launch this winter, the BMe ("Be Me") online community will feature videos that tell the stories of inspiring African-American men through the eyes of their family members, co-workers, and friends. Founded by former Knight Foundation vice president of communities Trabian Shorters, the project, in partnership with the ' Campaign for Black Male Achievement and the , has worked over the last two years to recognize black male leaders, from all walks of life, in Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Baltimore. Building on that success, BMe will use the funds from Knight to build its presence and influence in those communities as well as nationally.

"Over the past two years, BMe attracted support from a wide range of backgrounds and walks of life, said Knight Foundation president Alberto Ibarg�en. "The power going forward will be in staying true to the vision: that black men and boys are community assets who, working together, can make our communities better."

"There are millions of black men who are assets to their communities — men from all walks of life doing right by their families, professions, and neighborhoods," said Shorters. "BMe wants to engage them around the things they care about, and build community together."

"." John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Press Release 09/17/2013.