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Page last updated on November 20, 2023 at 2:30 pm

The Bloomington Commission on the Status of Black Males (CSBM) was established in 2001. The Commission's purpose and duties include:

  • To develop action committees addressing problems of Black males in the areas of Education, Health, Criminal Justice and Employment;
  • To serve as a catalyst to promote positive public and private remedies to the multi-faceted problems confronting Black males in our community and the resulting effects on the entire community;
  • To organize and convene community forums and neighborhood-based focus groups to discuss the status of Black males;
  • To network with groups with similar missions, such as the Indiana Commission on the Social Status of Black Males, the African American National Council, and local commissions throughout the state, sharing ideas, information, data and plans.

Statutory Authority: BMC 2.23.070

Upcoming Events!

Winter Wonderland

Volunteer Sign Up

  • To contribute as a volunteer and contribute to the success of Winter Wonderland, please register online at Volunteer Sign Up.

Sensory Sensitive Sign Up

  • This year, we take pride in introducing a special two-hour sensory-sensitive experience from noon to 2 p.m., thoughtfully designed for families seeking a gentle atmosphere with low-light and low-sound settings.Families interested in capturing photos with Santa can schedule appointments at Sensory Sensitive Sign Up, during the designated times. For those who prefer to skip the photo session but would like to partake in the sensory sensitivity experience, feel free to join us between noon and 2 p.m.

Initiatives

Outstanding Leaders of Tomorrow

  • The Outstanding Black Male and Woman Leaders of Tomorrow awards are presented annually at the Black History Month Gala to two high school and two adult recipients for outstanding leadership, scholarship, and involvement in making meaningful contributions to the Bloomington community.

Black Male Youth Summit

  • The Black Male Youth Summit is an opportunity for young black males in Bloomington to join together for a day of personal and professional development with community leaders.
  • Register for the Black Male Youth Summit HERE or visit the Summit Info Page
  • Summit Sponsorship

Black Barbershop Health Initiative

  • The Black Barbershop Health Initiative provides free health screenings and conversations centered around men’s health at local barbershops.

Black Male Grads

Million Father March

  • The CSBM organizes fathers, father figures, mentors, and role models to welcome students back to school as part of the Million Father March. Sign Up Here

Photos with Santa

  • The CSBM hosts a picture-taking session with Santa Claus of color during the holidays.

All meetings are held in the Hooker Conference Room #245, at City Hall at Showers Plaza, 401 N. Morton Street, Bloomington, Indiana on the Second Wednesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. (Dates and meeting rooms are subject to change).

Contact Info

Contact csbm@bloomington.in.gov or 812.349.3430.

Receive Updates

Subscribe to the Commission on the Status of Black Males email updates, including meeting minutes and agendas.

Members

James Sanders

Appointed By:
MLK Birthday Commission
Term Expires:
2025-01-31

James Simon

Appointed By:
Mayor
Term Expires:
2026-01-31

Patrick Smith

Appointed By:
Mayor
Term Expires:
2025-01-31

Vacant

Appointed By:
Human Rights Commission
Term Expires
2026-01-31
Vacancy:Apply

Vacant

Appointed By:
Common Council
Term Expires
2025-01-31
Vacancy:Apply

Vacant (Herbert Caldwell)

Appointed By:
Common Council
Term Expires
2026-01-31
Vacancy:Apply

Vacant

Appointed By:
Mayor
Term Expires
2025-01-31
Vacancy:Apply