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CSBM Outstanding Black Male Leaders of Tomorrow Awards

The Commission on the Status of Black Males is currently accepting awards for the 2016 Outstanding Black Male Leaders of Tomorrow

The CSBM awards the "Outstanding Black Male Leaders of Tomorrow" 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. The deadline for submitting nominations is February 8, 2016

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.


  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 electronically

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2015 Outstanding Black Male Leaders of Tomorrow

Terrance Thomas Terrance Thomas Terrance Thomas is the adult recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Black Male Leader of Tomorrow Award, and Laurence "Malik" Laffoon is the recipient for the high-school student!

Thomas was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He credits his parents and sports for keeping him on the right path growing up in an area of the city that was filled with violence and negativity. Growing up, Thomas's dream was to play pro football and to work with youth. As a result, he was a standout high school football player and earned a scholarship to play football for Indiana University (IU), where he was a four-year letter winner from 2007 to 2010. During his time at IU, Terrance volunteered with The Boys & Girls Club, Stepping Stones and Read Across America. After graduating from IU, he began working with Banneker Community Center in Summer 2011 as a Recreation Leader. Today, he continues to work at Banneker Community Center, now in the role of supervisor.

Thomas's nominator for the award wrote, "Terrance has worked faithfully in the key programs (at Banneker Center) and has proven to be a consistently available, dedicated and active supporter and advocate for the youth involved in them. Terrance is never not at work. Despite his status as a part-time employee, he works for our youth and teens around the clock. He is always making community connections, fielding parent phone calls and looking for resources to connect our students to a successful future. His choice to tirelessly and selflessly work for our community's youth and teens instead of pursuing higher pay or career advancement that he could easily find elsewhere makes him a perfect candidate for this award."

Malik Laffon Laurence "Malik" Laffoon Laurence "Malik" Laffoon is the son of Dennis and Rochelle Laffoon. He has embraced his role as an emerging leader at Bloomington High School North, and in the community. He is a junior with a 3.3 GPA, a varsity lettering athlete in basketball and track. On the court he lead the varsity team in scoring as a starting guard, receiving honors as a Herald Times Player of the Week and All Tourney Team at the Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament in Versailles, Indiana. In 2014, he hit the game winning, 3-point shot against New Albany to win the first Regional Championship for North since 2004. On the track, Laffoon competed at the Sectional and Regional level in both hurdles and high jump. When he is not in competition as an athlete for North, he has been a Cougar Leader and is a member of the Student Athletic Board and the Empowering Team Leadership Movement.

Laffoon is also a tutor at Tri-North Middle School, a coach for the Hoosier Hills Basketball League Middle School Division, an Iron Man volunteer for the Roger's Parsonage Project and a member and youth leader for Guy/Girls Loving and Obedient Worship (G.L.O.W.) at Bethel AME Church, for which he also runs the technology booth.