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Under the leadership of former Mayor Michael Nutter, Philadelphia, the city of Brotherly Love, wrapped its arms around the many local efforts committed to improve the life outcomes of its Black men and boys. Mayor Nutter, a founding member of Cities United, raised the bar locally and nationally for municipal and community leaders to raise the banner for Black Male Achievement. Under the leadership of Mayor Nutter and community leaders and city staff including Erica Atwood – former Director of Black Male Achievement – Philadelphia rallied around President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper to launch a local collective of engaged and empowered individuals and organizations to take action in dismantling systems of inequality to create measurable change for youth. 

Under current Mayor Jim Kenney, the city launched the Philadelphia Men & Boys of Color Collaborative (PMBOCC), a citywide initiative that will provide workshops and trainings to community leaders that are men of color in the city of Philadelphia. Additionally, in October 2016 the Office of Black Male Engagement (OBME) announced the establishment of the Mayor’s Commission of African American Males (MCAAM) for the City of Philadelphia. For these commitments and the history of municipal leadership on advancing life outcomes for Black men and boys, Philadelphia scored 75 out of 100 points.

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