The Promise Place: Cities Advancing Black Male Achievement report by the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) ranked New Orleans 4th in its study. The report scored cities based on their level of engagement and committed action to address issues and expand opportunities impacting black men and boys. It's the first report of its kind.
The City of New Orleans says it received the highest scores for "city-led commitment" with its NOLA FOR LIFE initiative and national initiatives like Cities United and My Brother's Keeper.
"I am proud of the progress that our community has made to create opportunities that enable black men and boys in New Orleans to realize their full potential," said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. "With NOLA FOR LIFE and national initiatives like Cities United and My Brother's Keeper, we are increasing opportunities, connecting people to jobs and creating pathways to prosperity. We still have a long way to go, but we are making progress each day."
The report is the first phase in a comprehensive strategy by CBMA to advance black male achievement in cities across the country. Ahead of New Orleans, Detriot, MI ranked first, followed by Oakland, California and Washington D.C respectively.
The 50 cities selected in the inaugural report represent 12 large, 18 midsize and 20 small cities. These cities are collectively home to more than 5.5 million Black men and boys, representing more than 30 percent of all black men and boys in the United States.
The Campaign for Black Male Achievement was established in 2008. It is a national membership network which supports a network of more than 4,700 individuals representing more than 2,500 organizations across the United States, with resources and services for capacity building, network building, and strategic communications.