Rumble Young Man, Rumble

Rumble Young Man, Rumble

Since 2011, CBMA's signature event “Rumble Young Man Rumble!” has convened leaders nationwide in Louisville, KY to share promising practices and lessons learned, and to create collaborations with Black men and boys in communities across the country.


See Highlights from CBMA's 2018 Regional Rumbles in Milwaukee and Detroit:

Rumble Young Man, Rumble 2017

About Rumble

Each year since 2011, the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) has hosted the annual Rumble event, which has become the pre-eminent gathering for leaders in Black Male Achievement. CBMA CEO Shawn Dove, along with Rev. Dr. Alfonso Wyatt of Strategic Destiny LLC, developed the theme and title of Rumble Young Man, Rumble! to embody the encouraging and edifying counsels between Muhammad Ali and his corner man, Drew “Bundini” BrownRumble solidifies Dove's vision of the Muhammad Ali Center with Louisville serving as the "epicenter for Black Male Achievement. 

’Rumble Young Man, Rumble’ is a prime example of how the Campaign for Black Male Achievement seeks to invest in and support the Hometown Heroes and Local Leaders who are advancing the BMA field. CBMA CEO Shawn Dove

In July 2017, the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) brought "Rumble Young Man, Rumble" to the city of Detroit for the first time! Watch moments from the memorable three day convening below. 

For more on Rumble Young Man, Rumble! and previous years' events, check out the below videos:

The City of Louisville, Kentucky has been making great strides in its efforts to uplift Black men and boys. For the past four years, it has served as the host city for the Open Society Foundation’s “Rumble Young Man, Rumble!” convening, and continues to demonstrate a steadfast commitment to advancing and promoting the field. Due to those efforts, Louisville is uniquely positioned to become the epicenter for Black Male Achievement in America.

This footage was filmed during the "Rumble Young Man, Rumble! III" mentoring convening at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, KY, in July 2013. The gathering was sponsored by the Campaign for Black Male Achievement for leaders from the mentoring field to create collaborations in communities across the country, and featured high school black boys from around the country to learn how to best engage them as leaders in the mentoring movement. During the gathering, leaders shared promising practices and lessons learned in the mentoring field, crystallized the vision of utilizing the Muhammad Ali Center as an epicenter for Black Male Achievement, and developed local strategies and collaborations.

This footage was filmed during the Rumble Young Man, Rumble! mentoring and responsible fatherhood convening at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, KY, in September 2011. The gathering was sponsored by the Campaign for Black Male Achievement for leaders from the mentoring and responsible fatherhood fields to create collaborations in communities across the country. During the event, leaders shared their expertise, passion, and lessons learned to formulate a strategy to get more communities and organizations involved in mentoring adolescent black males.


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