Mayor’s Office of Black Male Engagement (OBME)

Jack Drummond, Director of Black Male Engagement
Jack Drummond, Director – Mayor’s Office of Black Male Engagement

The Mayor’s Office of Black Male Engagement (OBME) operates as the only office of its kind in the United States of America. As an intentional branch of Philadelphia’s local governmental structure, the Office looks to serve as a “voice” and liaison between individuals/ organizations and local government.  Utilizing a policy driven – collective impact model, OBME leads the City’s work around closing the opportunity divide for men and boys of color.

OBME works to align and focus resources and initiatives towards the specific goal of reducing economic and social disparities along with improving outcomes for Black men and boys and the communities in which they live. The overarching purpose of OBME also includes a focus on serving Latino, Asian, immigrant and other populations of men and boys in the City of Philadelphia.

In February of 2016, Mayor James F. Kenney appointed Jack Drummond to lead the office.

Download our brochure to learn more.

NEW for November 2017

  • Greetings Village:

    Please find the following events sponsored and/ or supported by the Mayor’s Office of Black Male Engagement:

    • The Mayor’s Office of Black Male Engagement (OBME) will host its Sister’s with Hearts for Engagement (S/HE) convening on November 14, 2017 at Dobbins CTE high school (2150 W. Lehigh Ave.)  The circle is designed for women who support Black male engagement, achievement, and success.  We, at the Office of Black Male Engagement, believe that “balance is power” and would like to grow our partnership network with intentionality.   We look forward to your suggestions, strength, power, and passion as we have a mission that we cannot fulfill without you.

    RSVP:  https://sistersforengagement.eventbrite.com

    • The Mayor’s Office of Black Male Engagement presents its 11th My Brother’s Keep Community Conversations Initiative:

    Topic: Health & Wellness

    Date: Tuesday, November 21st

    Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

    Location: Community College of Philadelphia; Center for Business & Industry, Rm -CBI – C2-28.

     

    Guest Panelist:

     

    • Cheryl Bettigole –  Division Director of Chronic Disease Prevention, Health Department, City of Philadelphia
    • Leonia Johnson – DBHIDS Counselor & Public Health Program Analyst
    • Gabriel Bryant – Youth Initiatives Specialist – Engaging Men of Color (EMOC) – DBHIDS
    • William Harding – Community liaison former psych rehab worker

     

    Register Now: www.mbkcommunityconversations.eventbrite.com

     

    • Ujima Friends Peace Center presents two new events – Community Appreciation Ceremony and Food Share:

     

      • The ceremony honors community organizations/individuals in the North (Central) area of Philadelphia and will take place Saturday, November 18, 2017  11am – 2pm, at Ujima Friends Peace Center, located at 1701 W. Lehigh Ave. 
      • The 2nd Food Share event will take place Saturday, November 25, 2017, 10am – 1pm, at Ujima Friends Peace Center, located at 1701 W. Lehigh Ave. 

     

    • The Engaging Males of Color (EMOC) initiative is having their next storytelling event in partnership with First Person Arts on Monday, Nov. 13th, 7-10PM at Underground Arts, with a focus on men from the LGBTQIA community. The Artistic Director is Philadelphia’s own Kemar Jewel, and the event will both celebrate the lives of these men through the artistry of ballroom and vogue culture, while also revealing the personal stories related to their behavioral health and how they navigated the trauma in their lives.

     

    RSVP:  https://my.firstpersonarts.org/single/EventDetail.aspx?p=51907

     

    • During our next general body meeting, the Mayor’s Commission on African American Males will host Hannah Sassman who will be discussing transformative social change around algorithmic accountability in criminal justice.

     

    Date: November 29th

    Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

    Location: Community College of Philadelphia

    (CBI Building) 18th Callowhill St.

     

    Temple University

    For More information about community opportunities, please contact:

    Mike Robinson, M.S.

    Director – Community Outreach and Hiring

    Temple University-Office of Human Resources

    1913 N. Broad Street, Mitten Hall-Lower Level

    Philadelphia, PA 19122

    Office:  215-204-0677

    Email:  mike.robinson@temple.edu

    LinkedIn:  www.linkedin.com/in/michaelsmirobinson

Public Statement re: David Jones – Mayor’s Office of Black Male Engagement

In a time when tensions are rising in a nation currently challenging its own tenants around liberty and justice, Black men are still suffering. We are suffering due to senseless acts of violence committed by all facets of society. In Philadelphia, the perception is that a big part of our suffering is born from the idea that movement around challenges that impact Black men seem slowly approached or unimportant. We know that members of the community want to hear what is being done about justice for Black men and how we are involved in transforming the narrative.
To be clear, the Office and the Commission has been monitoring the police-involved shooting incident of David Jones since the devastating incident occurred. We are asking for all due diligence from both the City and the State Attorney General as they conduct a thorough review and investigation of the case respectively. We are hopeful that communication regarding the aforementioned will include information about the deadly force policy as it applies to this case.
In the interim, it is important to work together as a community to ensure the safety of Black men and the integrity of the Philadelphia Police Department and other departments. The Mayor’s Office of Black Male Engagement and the Commission on African American Males will continue to support Black men in the city by advocating for justice for Black men & boys in Philadelphia.
Jack Drummond, Director
Mayor’s Office of Black Male Engagement
The Office of Black Male Engagement and the Mayor’s Commission on African American Males is committed to the equitable and fair treatment of Black men and boys in spaces of Justice, Education, Health & Wellness, and Economic Development.
Statement from Kevin Covington, Chair of the Mayor’s Commission on African American Males (MCAAM):
The Mayor’s Commission on African American Males is keenly aware of the challenges that exist here in Philadelphia, specifically those that impact the lives of Black men and boys. There are a number of incidents that involve Black men being mistreated by the Philadelphia Police Department and in some cases killed with little explanation and even less consequence. As many question the systems that are in place to protect them, the city must address these incidents.
The role of the Mayor’s Commission on African American Males is to develop policies that will improve the lives of our Black men and to give voice to a community that is too often viewed negatively. We want to serve as an incubator of positive change in Philadelphia for all Black men and boys and do the work necessary to lift and keep our Black men and boys in a positive light.
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