NYU McSilver Institute Launches Black Boys and Men: Changing the Narrative Podcast

Banner artwork for Black Boys and Men: Changing the Narrative, Season 1

16 Part Podcast and Accompanying Social Media Campaign Focus on Redefining the Narrative about Black Boys and Men

New York City (January 12, 2018) — In commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the McSilver Institute announced the launch of a 16-part podcast series that examines issues of systemic racism and oppression and its devastating consequences for Black boys and men as well as solutions for redefining the narrative.

The series features some of the country’s top thought leaders, activists and academics such as: Flores Forbes, Associate Vice President for Government and Community Affairs at Columbia University; Tiq Milan, LGBT rights advocate; Terrance Coffie, Founder of Educate Don’t Incarcerate; and Dr. Ivory Toldson, President and CEO of the QEM Network.

“With increased media and attention, more Americans are becoming attuned to the long lasting impact and trauma of policies that have disproportionately targeted Black boys and men.” said McSilver Institute Director Dr. Michael A. Lindsey.

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Accompanying the podcast is the #ChangingTheNarrative social media campaign which engages New Yorkers to complete the phrase, “Black Boys and Men Are…”, in an attempt to redefine the narrative which shapes public perception of Black boys and men.

Reverend Michael A. Walrond Jr., Senior Pastor of First Corinthian Baptist Church (FCBC) in Harlem shared, “This initiative is about changing the narrative, not changing who men and boys are, but changing the perceptions, changing the assumptions, changing the language we use to refer to the inherent—I believe—greatness and dignity that Black men and Black boys embody.”

Subscribe to the Black Boys and Men: Changing The Narrative podcast series and campaign by visiting mcsilver.nyu.edu/ctn or connecting with McSilver on social media by following @NYUMcSilver.


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