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CSBM Outstanding Black Male Leaders of Tomorrow Awards

2016 Outstanding Black Male Leaders of Tomorrow Recipients

2016 Outstanding Adult Winner Lawrence Julius Hanks II Lawrence Julius Hanks II is this year's adult recipient, he was born in Tuskegee, Alabama and raised in Bloomington, IN. He left Bloomington to attend Morehouse College, where he earned 9 all-conference honors for cross-country and track and field. After starting his career in Atlanta he moved back to Bloomington to further his education. Hanks has worked as a substitute teacher and assistant track coach, where he has helped athletes break school records, including one of his own. Hanks is currently in his third year as a doctoral student at Indiana University in the School of Public Health. He has dedicated his time to mentoring young men and providing disc jockey services for youth and community events. Hanks states, "This community has given me so much support ever since I was a child. I hope that I can inspire other youth in my community to further their education and continue to give back to a community that helped to make them who they are."



2016 Outstanding HIgh School Winner Dexter Charles Griffin Dexter Charles Griffin is the high-school-aged recipient and has been described as an amazing role model and a natural leader. His nominators state, "Dexter is a talented young man with a diverse set of interests and activities," and "I have no doubt in my mind that his pattern of caring for others and serving those in his community and beyond will continue through his high school, college and adult years."

2017 Outstanding Black Male Leaders of Tomorrow nominations open in January. Check back for nomination forms!

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.

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.