Black Journalists Launch Program to Improve the Image of Black Men

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WASHINGTON, D.C. —The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) has launched a new program to change the lives and images of black men in the news and in society.

The NABJ Black Male Media Project, which is designed to change the narrative concerning black men, will launch its first program throughout the U.S. beginning June 10.

“NABJ has created the Black Male Media Project to combat the blotter to- mug-shot images of black male faces, and to create a fresh and real view of black men across Diaspora,” said Sara Glover, president of NABJ.

The initiative follows a similar effort by the Ford Motor Company Fund, a unit of Ford Motor Co., the nation’s second-largest automobile manufacturer.

Ford’s program is called Men of Courage, and its goal, like NABJ’s, is to improve the lives of black men who create jobs for others employed by jails and prisons by being victims of mass arrests yet who are perpetually suffering from the nation’s highest unemployment rate.

The Men of Courage conference is comprised of a daylong series of forums during which black men share with each other their life stories or other events of significance.

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