American Promise

American Promise is a documentary and campaign working empower black boys, their parents, educators and larger community and help close the black male achievement gap. Our campaign is dedicated to sparking conversations and actions around providing opportunities for our young black boys to succeed.

This space is meant as an opportunity to read and learn about what organizations, families and communities are doing to support our boys.

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    Big News: The American Promise DVD is now available to preorder! Continue supporting black male achievement order your copy today:

    Big News: The American Promise DVD is now available to preorder! Continue supporting black male achievement order your copy today:

    Thank you to everyone who participated in today’s @PromiseFilm discussion with filmmaker Joe Brewster today at @UnitedWay!

    Looking for tools to make your child-rearing journey more successful? You must read this book, says author/journalist Nick Chiles:

    If you haven’t already done so, get your copy of #PromisesKept TODAY:

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    This happened! Thank you @jcolenc

    #DreamRiseDo Google Hangout prep with @john legend. Join our community engagement manager Khaleaph Luis on the hangout now!

    Congresswoman Marcia Fudge presents American Promise and recommits to ensuring educational equity for African-Americans. #takeaction #bmaweek (at Rayburn House Office Building)

    Taking Black Male Achievement Week to Capitol Hill. #bmaweek #americanpromise

    #AmericanPromise is on @POV docs now!!! Tune in, tell your friends, and tell us what you think.

    Really important and useful conversation happening right now on Twitter. Thrilled that @promisefilm could be part of kicking this off.

    Watch this & learn what YOU can do to support #blackboys and #blackfamilies. 

    Michele, Joe and Anderson Cooper! #ac360 #americanpromise #bmaweek

    Begin at Home

    We read and engage our ten year old black son in deep discussions letting him know that his voice and perspective is unique and important. This builds up his confidence and gives him a voice to share in communities outside of the home.

    We are also clear with his educators that we know who our son is and encourage them to know and appreciate his unique perspective in the classroom too. 

    Having a black male teacher in the classroom this year has been an extra boost to his self-confidence and willingness to take risks.

    I pledge to share what we do at home with my larger community of parents and educators. And, to encourage schools to hire more black & brown male teachers - it’s good for everyone in the classroom preparing all for the global workforce and the shifts in racial & cultural majorities.

    Only 28% of black males who had AP class potential fulfilled that potential by taking at least one AP exam during high school.

    Help close the gap. Take action in your community & SHARE this post to spread the word.  

    Hangout with American Promise and College Board on 2/3 here:

    Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! We’re honoring Dr. King’s legacy by pushing his dream forward and closing the achievement gap.

    Want to make a difference in your community? Join American Promise in celebrating Black Male Achievement Week this February 3rd-9th! Learn more and sign-up here:

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