CBMA launches with free screening of Selma on MLK Day

On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Detroiters interested in the modern day civil rights movement can take part in an inter-generational discussion on the subject following a free screening of the Golden Globe-nominated film Selma.

It's all part of the launch of the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, a national nonprofit first formed at the Open Societies Foundation that has now split off to be a stand-alone organization. Led by CEO Shawn Dove, CBMA works nationally, as well as here in Detroit, to create hope and opportunities for black men and boys who are significantly marginalized from U.S. economic, social, and political life. Since its founding in 2008, CBMA’s network has expanded to include more than 3,000 members representing nearly 2,000 organizations nationwide.

The Foundation made a two-year, $750,000 grant to support CBMA's work in Detroit, where it will play a leading role in the commitment to meet President Obama's My Brother's Keeper challenge.

"The Campaign for Black Male Achievement is honored to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy in the City of Detroit, which has a deep-rooted legacy of advocacy and mobilization around important civil rights issues," Dove said.  “As we mark CBMA’s nationwide launch, we are reminded of Dr. King’s vision for a ‘beloved community’ and rejuvenated in our steadfast commitment to improving outcomes and opportunities for America’s Black men and boys, now and for generations to come. CBMA looks forward to building with community partners here in Detroit and across the country as we strive to realize Dr. King’s vision of a more just and equitable society for all.”

The event begins at 11 a.m. at the Bel Air Theatre (10100 East 8 Mile Road) with a short presentation, followed by the movie, which stars British actor David Oyelowo as King. The film centers on three months in 1965 that were integral in leading to the passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

After the movie, Dove will moderate a panel discussion that will include our President & CEO Tonya Allen as well as Director of Youth Services Shawn Blanchard from Mayor Duggan's office, writer and mentor Shaka Senghour, and Don Bosco Hall President & CEO Charles Small, as well as several youth representatives.

The event is free and limited to 300 people. Popcorn and a boxed lunch are included. To reserve a seat, you must email your reservation request to event_office@glowmediaNY.com by Friday, January 16.