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Ernest Butts

New York City

Black Male Initiative (BMI) Fellow

Ernest Butts, born and raised in New York City, is currently a sophomore at Stella and Charles Guttman Community College (CUNY). As a native of Spanish Harlem, much of Ernest’s life as a young man was shaped by the inequalities around him. One of his primary reasons for going to college is to be a champion for African Americans and Latinos to improve their quality of life in public housing. 

As an Urban Studies major, Ernest has gained more knowledge of the structural impediments that affect marginalized groups and through his work as a SGA Senator, and a Peer to Peer Mentor for United Men of Color, a program funded by the CUNY Black Male Initiative, he is well on his way to serve as a voice for those who are disenfranchised by pursuing his dreams of becoming an attorney. 

Ernest's passion for social justice was developed mostly in high school, where he learned more about the social activism of the Young Lords and their impact on improving the plight of residents of Spanish Harlem. He aspires to attend NYU to earn as BA in Political Science and then pursue his legal studies at a top ranked law school.