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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

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.

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

  • The CSBM celebrates black male graduates of all education levels annually.

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.

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.

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Members

Kourtney Byrd

Appointed By:
Human Rights Commission
Term Expires:
2020-01-31

Carl Darnell

Appointed By:
Mayor
Term Expires:
2021-01-31

Seth Debro

Appointed By:
Common Council
Term Expires:
2021-01-31

John McCluskey, Jr.

Appointed By:
Mayor
Term Expires:
2021-01-31

Brian Richardson, Jr.

Appointed By:
Common Council
Term Expires:
2020-01-31

James Sanders

Appointed By:
MLK Birthday Commission
Term Expires:
2021-01-31

Byron Turner II

Appointed By:
Mayor
Term Expires:
2020-01-31