CSBM Outstanding Black Male Leaders of Tomorrow Awards

The Commission on the Status of Black Males awards the "Outstanding Black Male Leaders of Tomorrow" awards annually to recognize the contributions and achievements of young African American men in our community. The Outstanding Black Male Leaders of Tomorrow Awards is presented each year at the Black History Month Gala in February.

Purpose of Award

To recognize and affirm the outstanding contributions made to our community by African American youth/young men and to encourage the development of future leaders.

Criteria

  1. Nominee must have been a Monroe County resident for at least one year.
  2. Nominee must be either:
a) a high school aged African-American male who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship, and/or has been personally involved in making tangible, visible, and meaningful contributions to the Bloomington community; or,
b) an adult African-American male no older than 30 years of age who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship, and/or has been personally or professionally involved in making tangible, visible, and meaningful contributions to the Bloomington community.

Submit a nomination for 2014

2013 Outstanding Black Male Leader of Tomorrow

Burnell Grimes Burnell GrimesBurnell Grimes, Jr. is one of the most influential and recognized African American student leaders on the Indiana University campus. Currently a senior majoring in pre-med political science, he is a positive, motivating individual who leads by example, not just by words. Burnell understands the importance of community and the willingness to go out of his way to help others. He has a caring energy that he freely gives to others, while never bothered by the demands of his time that people in need usually expect. Burnell helps mentor young men strive for academic excellence, having mentored many students, truly impacting the lives of his mentees. He has an unselfishness in everything that he does that earns the respect of his peers.

During his time at Indiana University, Burnell has served as a resident assistant, peer instructor, Executive Board Member for the McKaig Leadership Fund, President of the Thomas I. Atkins Living Learning Center, and Alumnus Representative of the Atkins community. In addition, he helped transform the Alpha Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi into a high achieving, collaborative, and respected organization, serving as both an officer and leader within the chapter. Burnell is responsible for aiding the revitalization of the Men of Color Leadership Institute, building goodwill between African American Greek organizations on campus as President of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, coordinating events to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of Kappa Alpha Psi in Bloomington, and implementing an agreement allowing African American Greek letter organizations access to campus facilities.

Burnell has also served the Bloomington community and others through organizing Adopt-A-Road Klean Up, Christmas with the Kappas to benefit needy Bloomington families and iKare: Haitian Relief, in addition to encouraging local Pan-Hellenic chapter members to support UNCF Evening of the Stars Telethon and Rape Awareness events.

Burnell is hardworking, ethical, consistent, reliable, and capable. He is concerned about the future of African American males and has a track record of addressing issues for the betterment of our community. It is for these reasons that we recognize Burnell Grimes, Jr. as the 2013 Outstanding Black Leader of Tomorrow.

2012 Outstanding Black Male Leaders of Tomorrow

Myles Adams3 Myles Adams, high school winnerThe 2012 High School recipient of the Outstanding Black Male Leaders of Tomorrow Awards is Myles Adams. A Junior at Bloomington High School North, Myles maintains a 3.71 GPA, was inducted into the National Honor Society and serves on the Student Council. Myles has already taken the ACT and SAT in preparation for college admission. As a result of his mother's death from a rare eye disease, Myles is looking to continuing his education in the field of optometry and has participated in the Jim Holland summer enrichment program in Biology at Indiana University. Myles leads his peers through his dedication in the classroom, but he does not stop there.

During the 2011 Thanksgiving holiday, he helped serve Thanksgiving dinner with the Community Kitchen and the Cry of the Children. Myles has built homes with the Habitat for Humanity, participated in the March of Dimes - Walk for Babies, Hoosier Outrun Cancer Walk, the search for missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer, Kentucky's Animal Shelter, Indiana University football concessions stands, reading books to preschool students, and served as a Page at the Indiana State House for Senator Vi Simpson. Myles has traveled the world as a Student Ambassador the last three years, traveling to Australia in 2009, Europe in 2010 and China in 2011. His awards include third place in the City of Bloomington's - Black History Month Essay Contest, first place in the City of Bloomington's Martin Luther King Jr. web design contest, Scholar Athlete Award, student of the week award, and has been nominated for the Who's Who Registry of Academic Excellence.


Aaron Barnes Aaron Barnes, adult winnerThe 2012 Adult recipient of the Outstanding Black Male Leaders of Tomorrow Awards is Aaron Barnes. Aaron has been named a Cox Scholar, Undergraduate Student Leader 2008-2009, Undergraduate Student of the Year 2009-2010 and IU Top Student Leader. Most recently he was awarded the Kenneth R. R. Gros Louis award, which is awarded to a senior with academic excellence, leadership in student activities and a distinguished record of service as a good university citizen. For his academic pursuits and service to the university, he has been chosen to serve on the IU President's Board of Aeons, one of the highest university honors.

Aaron is a founder of the Men of Color Institute and serves as a Student Coordinator in the Office of First Year Experience. He is also a member of the Alpha chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Through his current role as President, Aaron has led many service activities and these have been recognized both in the community and the university. In 2011, the Alpha chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc was awarded the Bloomington Unsung Hero award and in 2012 the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award. Aaron continues to train others for leadership as he leads not only his fraternity chapter members but also as President of the National Pan-Hellenic Council. Under his leadership, the council raised over $7000 for philanthropic efforts and began a scholarship for undergraduate students at Indiana University. Aaron has also completed research experiences concerning the sustainability efforts of African Americans and plans to enter a doctoral program in marketing upon completion of his undergraduate degree, May 2012.

2011 Outstanding Black Male Leader of Tomorrow

Adrian Land 2011 Adrian LandThe 2011 recipient is Adrian Land. Adrian's motto is a reflection of Ralph Waldo Emerson's quote, "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." Adrian shows his enthusiasm every day - whether in the classroom, serving on a Commission or working with youth at Stepping Stones. Raised in Lexington, MS, Adrian completed his Bachelor's Degree at Alcorn State University with a major in Biology. He is currently a graduate student at Indiana University nearing completion of his PhD in Microbiology. Adrian is focused on the bacteria that cause deadly infectious diseases and hopes to use research and guidance from his mentor, Dr. Malcolm Winkler, to improve human health.

When not in the lab, Adrian serves as a house parent for Stepping Stones, a home for teens. He serves on the City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Black Males, and was co-facilitator of workshops for the Men and Women of Color Leadership Conference and Black History Month. He is a member of the Midwest Crossroads Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate and a participant in the 2009 Compact for Faculty Diversity. He is an Emissary for Graduate Student Diversity through the I. U. Graduate School, and serves an an ambassador for the Office of Diversity Education. Adrian is also a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. In his own words, "Life is all about trying to help people."