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Seeking Nominations for The Outstanding Black Male Leader of Tomorrow 2017

Do you know of any black/African American males in the community who demonstrate outstanding leadership, scholarship, and/or has been personally involved in making tangible, visible and meaningful contributions to the Bloomington Community?

The Commission on the Status of Black Males is currently seeking nominations for The 2017 Outstanding Black Male Leader of Tomorrow Award. This award is presented annually to two (2) Black/African American men, high school and adult.

To be nominated for the high school age award nominees must be currently living in Bloomington/Monroe County, enrolled in high school. Nominees for the adult male award must be currently living in Bloomington/Monroe County, and not older than 30 years of age.

Nominations must include the name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address of the nominee in addition to a letter that describes the nominee's personal and leadership characteristics that make them deserving of the award. The nominator must also include his/her name, address, telephone number and email address.

Nominations are due January 31, 2017. To download a nomination form click here. Or visit the City of Bloomington's Community and Family Resources Department located at 401 N. Morton St., Suite 260. Send completed nomination forms with a nomination letter by email to: or, by mail to: City Hall, Community and Family Resources Department P.O. Box 100, Bloomington, IN 47402

Recipients of the Outstanding Black Male Leader of Tomorrow Award will be notified by Friday, February 10, 2017. Recipients will be honored at the 12th Annual Black History Month Gala on Saturday, February 25, 2017 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

Julius Hanks Lawrence Julius Hanks II



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."