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Member Organizations

  • Black Administrators in Child Welfare
  • National Association of Black Social Workers, Inc.
  • National Association of Black Psychologists
  • National Medical Association
  • National Dental Association
  • National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice
  • National Black United Front
  • Black Administrators in Child Welfare
  • Int’l Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters
  • Blacks in Law Enforcement of America
  • National Congress of Black Women
  • Center for Nu Leadership on Urban Solutions
  • Nigeria Association of Social Workers in America
  • Alliance of Concerned Men
  • National Black Leadership Commission on Aids
  • National Baptist Convention-Disaster Preparedness Project
  • Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference
  • National Voting Rights Museum and Institute
  • National Conference of Black Lawyers
  • Nation of Islam
  • National Black Alcoholism and Addictions Council, Inc.
  • The Black Psychiatrists of Greater New York & Associates
  • Fathers Incorporated
  • Black Psychiatrists of America

Black Family Summit

BFS Mission Statement

To restore the Black Family to its traditional greatness, by establishing collaborative and partnership efforts with National and International Black Organizations, in order to address the current issues affecting these families.

Purpose/Philosophy

The Institute of the Black World 21st Century has established the Black Family Summit as one of its major program initiatives, in order to ensure that issues affecting the Black family are systematically examined and recommendations to address these are developed.
Through a network of collaborations and partnerships with National and International Black Organizations, The Black Family Summit is committed accentuating and mobilizing the collective skills of each of these groups.

Background/Need

The Black Family summit is an outgrowth of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan vision of pooling the collective resources and expertise of Black professional organizations, to support the Victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Minister Farrakhan and Leonard G. Dunston as part of the Million More Movement Celebration convened the first session, on October 14, 200, at Howard University, Washington, DC.

The Black Family Summit is designed to be a “pro-active” as well as a “re-active” collaborative partnership in order to ensure that adverse issues, which affect the well-being of the Black Family, are immediately identified and a system for corrective action is effectively and efficiently established.

Objectives

  • Effectively and efficiently, examine what resources and services show disparities in addressing the needs of the Black Family.
  • Remain grass roots focused, while collaborating and mobilizing efforts with its National and International partners, on issues confronting the Black Family.
  • Maintain an on-going effort to ensure that policy and program issues, which adversely the Black Family is kept in focus at the local, state, and national levels.
  • Convene an annual Black Family summit Symposia at the Congressional Black Caucus weekend conference.
  • Identify and appoint young people to serve as interns on Black Family Summit committees.
  • Convene Regional Forums that will be designed to foster dialogue around local issues affecting the Black Family.
  • Remain flexible and mobile in form and function, in order to have the ability to respond to urgent issues that require immediate action.

The Purpose and Mission

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 Programming 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. Such initiatives may involve all or a sub-group of the whole.
  • Based on need, as policy issues emerge, which affect the Black community, collaborate with other national organizations and agencies to convene Community Forums in targeted regions and cities to discuss these issues and publish position papers on these.

Criteria for Membership

  • Agreement to participate in at least one information-sharing conference call a year and where possible, share in the planning and participation at Community Forums, as policy issues which affect the Black community are identified.
  • 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.

Profiles of Black Family Summit Member Organizations

Black Administrators in Child Welfare

http://www.blackadministrators.org/

The Black Administrators in Child Welfare is an advocacy, membership, research, training and technical assistance organization. Registered as a 501C3, BACW was founded in 1971 and incorporated in 1975 in New York to respond to the need for culturally appropriate services to the overrepresented African American children and families, and to provide a support network for individuals serving as executives managing child welfare and other human service agencies. Governed by a 24 member Board of Directors with its day-to-day operations managed by an Executive Director, BACW is the only child welfare organization that has been involved nationally in work that addresses child welfare policy, practice, and research on behalf of African American children specifically but all children in foster care. BACW is committed to strengthening and supporting programs designed to promote the healthy development of children, youth and families. We support communities that are serving all children with special attention given to those with a demonstrated interest in helping children of color.

National Association of Black Social Workers, Inc.

http://nabsw.org/

The National Association of Black Social Workers, Inc., comprised of people of African ancestry, is committed to enhancing the quality of life and empowering people of African ancestry through advocacy, human services delivery, and research. National Association of Black Social Workers, Inc. will work to create a world in which people of African ancestry will live free from racial domination, economic exploitation, and cultural oppression. In collaboration with national, international, and other appropriate groups, NABSW will continue to leverage its collective expertise to strategically develop capacity of people of African ancestry to sustain and flourish. NABSW’s vision is guided by the Principles of the Nguzo Saba, which are Unity, Self-determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity, and Faith, and the Seven Cardinal Virtues of Ma’at, which are Right, Truth, Justice, Order, Reciprocity, Balance, and Harmony.

National Association of Black Psychologists

http://www.abpsi.org/

The Association of Black Psychologists sees its mission and destiny as the liberation of the African Mind, empowerment of the African Character, and enlivement and illumination of the African Spirit. The Association is organized to operate exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, including but not limited to: promoting and advancing the profession of African Psychology ,influencing and affecting social change; and developing programs whereby psychologists of African descent (hereafter known as Black Psychologists) can assist in solving problems of Black communities and other ethnic groups.

National Medical Association

http://www.nmanet.org/

The NMA promotes the collective interests of physicians and patients of African descent. We carry out this mission by serving as the collective voice of physicians of African descent and a leading force for parity in medicine, elimination of health disparities and promotion of optimal health.

National Dental Association

http://ndaonline.org/

The National Dental Association promotes oral health equity among people of color by harnessing the collective power of its members, advocating for the needs of and mentoring dental students of color, and raising the profile of the profession in our communities.

National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice

http://nabcj.org/

Created in 1974, the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice (NABCJ) has made a goal of achieving equal justice for blacks and other minorities. Our members consist of criminal justice professionals such as those in law enforcement, institutional and community corrections, courts, social services, academia, religious and other community-based interests as well as criminal justice students and community leaders. Join us and discover a multi-ethnic, non-profit, nonpartisan organization that is dedicated to improving the justice system.

National Black United Front

All Healers Mental Health Alliance

http://www.nysec.org/ssbahmha

The SSB is a founding member of All Healers Mental Health Alliance, a group of psychiatrists, faith-based leaders, social workers, psychologists, other mental health professionals and allied associates who organize long-term responses to the mental health needs of natural and man-made disasters.

Black Administrators in Child Welfare

http://www.blackadministrators.org/

The Black Administrators in Child Welfare is an advocacy, membership, research, training and technical assistance organization. Registered as a 501C3, BACW was founded in 1971 and incorporated in 1975 in New York to respond to the need for culturally appropriate services to the overrepresented African American children and families, and to provide a support network for individuals serving as executives managing child welfare and other human service agencies. Governed by a 24 member Board of Directors with its day-to-day operations managed by an Executive Director, BACW is the only child welfare organization that has been involved nationally in work that addresses child welfare policy, practice, and research on behalf of African American children specifically but all children in foster care. BACW is committed to strengthening and supporting programs designed to promote the healthy development of children, youth and families. We support communities that are serving all children with special attention given to those with a demonstrated interest in helping children of color.

Int’l Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters

http://www.iabpf.org/index2.htm

In October of 1970 the first convention of Black Professional Fire Fighters was held in Hartford, Connecticut. The constitution and the proposed structure of the International Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters was adopted. To address the lack of substantial access into the Fire Service and upward mobility opportunities, it became therefore incumbent upon our membership to press for wide-scale reforms. And in the course of dealing with these problems, we expect to reduce the number of fire deaths and property loss in our respective communities and society as whole. We are convinced that the black community has an abundance of untapped talent to offer the fire service. Conversely, we expect to improve the economic development and employment opportunities for blacks. As black fire fighters, it is our challenge to make the fire service more relevant to the needs and aspirations of black citizens. The I.A.B.P.F.F. will ensure that black fire department officials become full partners in the leadership and decision-making arenas of the fire service.

Blacks in Law Enforcement of America

http://www.bleausa.org/

Blacks in Law Enforcement of America (BLEA) recognize the rich history of the African American law enforcement professional who fought for our survival and 120 years later, we now have black commissioners and chiefs in law enforcement. We will never forget the shoulders that we stand on, because we did not get here on our own. Blacks in Law Enforcement of America recognize that true policing is “extended,” meaning that the existence of BLEA will not only focus on the policy and procedures of the institution of law enforcement. BLEA will also focus on outside institutions like education, economic development, and employment that can contribute to the crime, safety, and security of the communities we serve.

National Congress of Black Women

http://nationalcongressbw.org/

The National Congress of Black Women, Inc. (NCBW) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the educational, political, economic and cultural development of African American Women and their families. NCBW also serves as a nonpartisan voice and instrument on issues pertaining to the appointment of African American Women at all levels of government, and to increase African American women’s participation in the educational, political, economic and social arenas. Currently, NCBW provides opportunities for women for leadership and decision-making positions in government, nonprofit organizations and the private sector. The organization was founded in 1984. Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm served as the First National Chair. Dr. C. DeLores Tucker succeeded her, and Dr. E. Faye Williams is the current National Chair.

Center for Nu Leadership on Urban Solutions

http://centerfornuleadership.org/

The mission of the Center for Nu Leadership on Urban Solutions is to influence socio-economic, criminal and juvenile justice policy by providing research, advocacy and leadership training to formerly and currently incarcerated people, their families, communities, allies and criminal justice professionals for the purpose of:

(1) increasing public health and safety by creating viable alternatives that challenge and change over reliance on incarceration-punishment policies and practices as a solution to socio-economic urban and rural problems;

(2) reshaping the media portrayal and public opinion of people with criminal records by humanizing their popular image and offering language alternatives to counter current negative stereotypes, beliefs, misinformation and myths; and

(3) promoting active participation in criminal and social justice policy decisions, discussions and deliberations by the people whose lives are most directly affected and who have a legitimate stake in the outcomes.

Nigeria Association of Social Workers in America

http://www.nasowabuja.org.ng/

Our mission is to create an environment for standard professional practice to enhance social welfare delivery services in the Federal Capital Territory and to contribute our quota towards ensuring professional strength nationwide for the benefit of professionals and service users alike.The main objectives of the association is to provide a forum where professionals working with government and non-governmental organizations working in areas directly concerned with social welfare issues come together to device means of promoting the quality of social welfare service delivery.

Alliance of Concerned Men

http://allianceofconcernedmen.com/1/

The Alliance of Concerned Men (ACM) is an award-winning non-profit organization with the goal of saving lives of at-risk youth residing in high crime areas of the Washington DC Metropolitan community. Since 1991, ACM has been providing community services to families and children at-risk and in crisis throughout the Washing ton Metropolitan area.

National Black Leadership Commission on Aids

http://www.nblca.org/

The National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc. (NBLCA) is the oldest and largest non-profit organization of its kind in the United States. Our mission is to educate, mobilize, and empower black leaders to meet the challenge of fighting HIV/AIDS and other health disparities in their local communities. Working with a broad spectrum of community leaders, including clergy, public officials, medical practitioners, and those in business, civic, social policy, and the media, NBLCA achieves its mission through capacity-building training; technical assistance; education; policy and advocacy; screening, testing, and referrals; research and evaluation; resource development; and leadership development.

National Baptist Convention-Disaster Preparedness Project

http://www.nationalbaptist.com/departments/disaster-management/red-cross-partnership.html

The National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. and the American Red Cross have entered into an agreement work together in disaster relief efforts. Under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Randy Vaughn (TX) Director of the Office of Disaster Management for the Convention, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed during the 2009 Annual Session held in Memphis, TN. The American Red Cross will be an invaluable partner in helping the Convention meet community needs during and after a disaster. Engaging local churches in disaster response and blood drives are a few of the ways in which National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. seeks to work with the American Red Cross.

Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference

http://sdpconference.info/

The mission of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference (SDPC) is to nurture, sustain, and mobilize the African American faith community in collaboration with civic, corporate, and philanthropic leaders to address critical needs of human and social justice within local, national, and global communities. SDPC seeks to strengthen the individual and collective capacity of thought leaders and activists in the church, academy, and community through education, advocacy, and activism.

National Voting Rights Museum and Institute

http://nvrmi.com/

The NVRMI will serve as a steward of history and repository to identify, acquire, organize, preserve, and administer records and information of enduring value, as well as care for and protect the collection of historical records and manuscripts. Its primary goal is to educate, inform, and remind individuals of the lessons of the past by enriching and enhancing the knowledge of voting rights through visual and audio means. Its purpose is to also preserve and make accessible archives and information it contains. At the heart of the Museum lie its archives, which house the museum’s collections, artifacts and digitization.   The NVRMI Archives will promote the collection, description and use of archives and manuscripts in Selma and Dallas County.

National Conference of Black Lawyers

http://www.ncbl.org/

The National Conference of Black Lawyers’ mission is to serve as the legal arm of the movement for Black Liberation, to protect human rights, to achieve self-determination of Africa and African Communities in the Diaspora and to work in coalition to assist in ending oppression of all peoples.

Nation of Islam

http://www.noi.org/

The Nation of Islam was founded on the basis of peace and as an answer to a prayer of Abraham to deliver his people who would be found in servitude slavery in the Western Hemisphere in this day and time. The Flag of Islam with the symbols of the Sun, Moon, and the Stars, represent the Universe and is also a Banner of Universal peace and Harmony. Our Holy Temples of Islam were established in America as sanctuaries of peace and higher learning into the Knowledge of the Oneness of God. Our schools are called Universities of Islam and teach the higher meaning of Islam which is Mathematics. We have always been taught to respect the laws of the land. We are taught never to carry arms, to make war or to be the aggressor, for this is against the nature of the righteous. We are taught the Principles of Divine Unity and the Universal Brotherhood of Islam.

National Black Alcoholism and Addictions Council, Inc.

http://www.nbacinc.org/

NBAC is an organization through which Blacks concerned with or involved in the field of alcoholism and other drug-related issues can exchange ideas, offer services, and coordinate and facilitate alcoholism and substance abuse programs that operate in the interest of Black Americans.

The Black Psychiatrists of Greater New York & Associates

http://www.bpgny.org/

The Black Psychiatrists of Greater New York & Associates is a multi-cultural organization that seeks to expand access to psychiatric care for people of African descent and all people who are under-served. Our members include mental health professionals, medical professionals, clergy, and community members. We work with individuals, faith-based organizations, social service agencies, schools, businesses, and government agencies toward our goal.

Fathers Incorporated

http://www.fathersincorporated.com/

Fathers Incorporated (FI), a not-for-profit organization, serves as a leader in the promotion of Responsible Fatherhood and Mentoring. This International, National, and local focus will raise the awareness about, and combat the impact of father absence. We will do this through the use of innovative social marketing and multi-media platforms, traditional communications, and product development. We seek to expand the range of work in the fields of comprehensive and non-traditional family service models. Fathers Incorporated will work to change the current societal and cultural definition of family to include fathers.

Black Psychiatrists of America

www.bpaincpsych.org

The mission of The Black Psychiatrists of America is to address issues affecting the mental health of African people worldwide with special emphasis on Persons of African Descent in the Americas and to provide a forum for continuing educations for those who provide psychiatric care to these underserved population groups. The Black Psychiatrists of America seeks to serve as an influence towards the maintenance of high professional, ethical, and administrative standards in the field of psychiatry.