Christopher Rutherford


Promise of Place Program Manager

Chris Rutherford recently joined the CBMA team as Promise of Place Program Manager. In alignment with CBMA’s field-building and movement-building work, Chris will spend a significant amount of his time in the community strengthening collaboration across the city of Detroit. He will also be working closely with our Strategy & Innovation team to ensure that CBMA's forthcoming High School Excellence (HSE) Framework becomes a critical part of advancing focused efforts to help Black men and boys complete high school with the skills to lead in their communities; matriculate through the college; and compete for meaningful employment. Chris has dedicated over 25 years in Michigan helping young people access post-secondary opportunities. He has served as a teacher in the Detroit Public Schools, associate director of the Upward Bound Program at Eastern Michigan University, as well as manager of Project Graduation at the Detroit Parent Network. In addition, he has worked in various capacities on the Wayne County Commission, Detroit City Council, and as an educational sales consultant for Houghton Mifflin Publishing. Chris recently served as program director for the University of Michigan's College Advising Corps in the Center For Educational Outreach. Chris also serves as President of the Board of Directors for Broadside Lotus Press which is the nation’s oldest African American owned publisher of African American poetry, whose catalog consists of the early poetry of Audre Lorde, Nikki Giovanni, Gwendolyn Brooks, Sonia Sanchez and others. Chris has a B.A in Journalism from Wayne State University, and an M.A. in Social Foundations of Education from Eastern Michigan University.

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Christopher Rutherford

In Demand

Calling all brothers! Calling all brothers! This refrain echoed in a poem by Aneb Kgositsile, speaks to the urgency that lies at the door of our educational institutions and community. Black
Christopher Rutherford

12 Days in April

In this piece Chris Rutherford, Promise of Place Program Manager at CBMA and a native of Detroit, reflects on his experiences taking part in the historic student-led demonstrations at Wayne State University in 1989.
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Christopher Rutherford

Reflections on Detroit's Rich Black Wealth Legacy

In 2017 CBMA made a commitment to invest in the city of Detroit on behalf of Black men and boys through the Black Male Equity Initiative (BMEI). Under the joint leadership of CBMA CEO Shawn Dove and Torch Enterprises CEO Dr. Pamela Jolly, we are embarking on a journey to help rebuild Detroit’s legacy of Black wealth.