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Outstanding Black Male Leader of Tomorrow 2016

The Commission on the Status of Black Males (CSBM) honored the Outstanding Black Male Leaders of Tomorrow Award, at the 11th annual Gala on Saturday, February 27, at the Hilton Garden Inn, located at 245 N. College Avenue.


The 2016 recipients of the Outstanding Black Male Leader of Tomorrow Award

Griffin Mod Dexter Charles Griffin

Dexter Charles Griffin is the high-school-aged recipient. He 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."

Julius Hanks 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. 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."



CSBM NOV forum

The City of Bloomington Commission on the Status Blacks Males (CSBM) hosted a community forum on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Monroe County Public Library, 404 E. Kirkwood Ave. The City commission along with the Indiana Commission on the Social Status of Black Males (ICSSBM) was created to address four issues related to the social status of black males: criminal justice, education, employment and health and wellness. At the 2015 ICSSBM annual conference which took place in early October, it was reported that of the 22% of children born into poverty in Indiana, 45% were black children; an estimated 44% of black males are unemployed or not currently participating in the workforce; and 35% of black males in Indiana are represented in juvenile detention facilities, and 36% of the adult inmate population. Read more...



You can make a positive impact on someone's life! Team up with the Commission on the Status of Black Males' Mentoring Partnerships with Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Indiana. Read more...


Criminal Justice

CSBM - Everyday Police Encounters-Police Badge Everyday Encounters with the Police

"Everyday Encounters with the Police" is a document for all Bloomington citizens. The Commission on the Status of Black Males in partnership with the City of Bloomington Police Department is publishing this information as a way to foster positive relationships between law enforcement and citizens. Read more...


Health and Wellness



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Black History Month - 2016 Reclaiming the Next Hundred Years Each year, the City of Bloomington Black History Month Committee plans activities and events for the community to celebrate and commemorate the month of February as Black History Month. This year's theme is "Reclaiming the Next Hundred Years."