Black Family Summit
The Black Family Summit (BFS) of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW) is a national network of primarily Black professional organizations, institutions and agencies committed to the preservation and strengthening of the Black Family in its various forms as the foundation for the survival, restoration and development of Black communities and nations in the U.S. and worldwide. Consistent with the vision of (IBW), the mission of BFS is rooted in the values of cooperation, collaboration and collective work as reflected in the traditional way of life of people of African ancestry. Adhering to the principles of operational unity, BFS will pursue its mission through the formulation of holistic private and public programs, projects and initiatives.
Basic Programmatic Activities
- Periodic information-sharing conference calls to gain familiarity with the work of the participating organizations, institutions and agencies.
- Annual Public Policy Forum with representatives of the Congressional Black Caucus and key national civil rights/human rights organizations to review and present policy priorities to members of Congress.
- Periodic leadership dialogues with broad range of national organizations to exchange analyses and perspectives on the state of the Black America and the Pan African world. Such dialogues may include participation of notable national leaders such as Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, Nation of Islam, Benjamin Todd Jealous, President/CEO, NAACP, Marc Morial, President/CEO, National Urban League, Dr. Elsie Scott, President/CEO, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc, Congress Members John Conyers, Maxine Waters, Barbara Lee, Yvette Clarke.
- In the spirit of operational unity, joint work on programs, projects and initiatives by mutual agreement of participating organizations, e.g., convene local, state, regional or national forums to address critical issues, crises and policy concerns affecting the Black community and recommend actions to respond where appropriate. Such initiatives may involve all or a sub-group of the whole.
Criteria for Membership
- Agreement to participate in at least one information-sharing conference call a year.
- Share organization’s top policy priorities and good faith effort to attend/participate in the Annual Public Policy Forum.
- Honor commitment(s) to implementing BFS programs, projects and initiatives as agreed to by the organization.
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