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Member Organizations

  • Black Psychiatrists of America
  • Association of Black Psychologists
  • National Association of Black Social Workers, Inc.
  • National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice
  • International Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters
  • All Healers Mental Health Alliance
  • National Medical Association
  • International Black Women’s Congress
  • Black Administrators in Child Welfare
  • National Black Nurses Association
  • National Black United Front
  • Black Farmers & Agriculturalists Association
  • National Black Dental Association
  • Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations
  • National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls
  • National Voting Rights Museum and Institute
  • National Bar Association
  • National Conference of Black Lawyers
  • Racial Justice Working Group of the Justice Roundtable
  • Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference
  • Transformative Justice Coalition
  • National Alliance of Faith and Justice
  • Blacks in Law Enforcement of America
  • Nigerian Association of Social Workers in America
  • Mothers in Charge
  • National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America
  • National Black Leadership Commission on Health
  • National Association for Black Veterans
  • Community Healing Network
  • ABEN (A Black Education Network)

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.


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.


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.


  • 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.

Recent Black Family Summit Posts

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The National Black Nurses Association

NBNA Strongly Supports a Healthy and Safe Work Environment for Nurses Who are on the Frontline Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Black Family Summit News, COVID-19 (Coronavirus), News & Current Affairs

Silver Spring, Maryland — The National Black Nurses Association is distressed by the growing reports of nurses who are trying to ensure that they and all frontline health workers are protected while caring for patients in this pandemic. Martha A. Dawson, DNP, RN, FACHE, President, National Black Nurses Association, said: “It is unacceptable…

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Institute of the Black World 21st Century FEMA/Black Family Summit Emergency Management Task Force Evolving Facts about COVID-19 Impact on the Black Community

Coronavirus Fact Sheet: Evolving Facts about COVID-19 Impact on the Black Community

By Black Family Summit News, COVID-19 (Coronavirus), News & Current Affairs

Institute of the Black World 21st Century FEMA/Black Family Summit Emergency Management Task Force Evolving Facts about COVID-19 Impact on the Black Community On this page COVID-19 Quick Facts COVID-19 Testing COVID-19 Harm Reduction COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions COVID-19 Myths Quick Facts What is Covid 19 Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus…

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The Association of Black Psychologists

The Association of Black Psychologists release a Five Star Family Enhancement Plan in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Black Family Summit News, COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Culturally-Grounding and Supporting Our Communities During COVID-19 Worldwide Pandemic.   By Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi) — ABPsi is an affiliated organization of the IBW21 Black Family Summit. The Association of Black Psychologists, Inc. (ABPsi) is extremely concerned about this most recent threat and its psychological and emotional impact. ABPsi does not endorse or support any unsubstantiated beliefs and/or proposed strategies for responding to the COVID-19 Worldwide Pandemic. In the…

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Covid-19 USA map

Black Family Summit Launches Emergency Response to Coronavirus Pandemic

By Black Family Summit News, COVID-19 (Coronavirus), News & Current Affairs, Press Releases / Statements

Organizations to Address Myths and Disinformation, Highlight Racial Disparities   New York — Dr. Ron Daniels, President of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW) announced today that the Black Family Summit, which the organization convenes, has launched a multifaceted emergency Initiative to address the impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic on African Americans and people of African descent in the U.S.  Convened by Leonard Dunston, President Emeritus of…

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2019 Annual Black Family Summit Retreat: BFS Partners Supporting Black Families and Communities.

2019 Annual Black Family Summit Retreat: BFS Partners Supporting Black Families and Communities

By Black Family Summit News
The Institute of the Black World 21st Century/ Black Family Summit Annual Retreat. Theme: “Black Family Summit Partners Supporting Black Families and Communities”. Friday, December 13 to Saturday December 14, 2019. Staybridge Suites Inner Harbor, 17 Commerce St, Baltimore Md 21202. On this page: Day 1: Dec 13th Schedule/Agenda — See below. Day 2: Dec 14th Schedule/Agenda — See below. BFS Member Organizations and Reps — See below. Schedule/Agenda 2019...
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Wade Nobles, PhD

Resistance to the Idea of Reparations May Be Simply Psychological

By Black Family Summit News, Commentaries/Opinions, Reparations

By Wade Nobles, PhD — Part I The newly wide-ranging discussion of reparations is being stimulated by the recognition of the 400th anniversary of the introduction of kidnapped captive Africans at the birth of the American colonies (1619) to later become the United States (1776). This new/old discord has been re-enlivened. The call to be “repaired” from the damage caused by white enslavement has been openly and covertly rejected woth…

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Information, Resources, and Places to donate to help people affected by Hurricane Dorian

By Black Family Summit News, News & Current Affairs

On this page we are sharing information on ways to help those affected by Hurricane Dorian. IBW is not collecting donations for this purpose but we are assisting the relief and rebuilding efforts by providing our IBW community to the resources listed below. On this Page: Bahamas Hurricane Restoration Fund Hotline Information Website for locating loved ones affected by Hurricane Dorian Volunteers Needed: Medical field and allied health professions Medical…

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Attendees watching proceedings. Pictured in the foreground from left to right: Jan Desper Peters, Executive Director, Black Mental Health Alliance, Baltimore, MD; Rev. Jerome Stephens, Director of Community Engagement, Office of Senator Benjamin Cardin of Maryland, Baltimore, MD; and Joseph Daniels, President and CEO, The Josa Group Strategic Development for Non-profits (TJG-SDNP), Windsor Mill, MD.

Powerful Conference Educated Black Families on Disaster Response

By Black Family Summit News, Press Releases / Statements

The All Healers Mental Health Alliance and the Institute of the Black World 21st Century Black Family Summit Presented the National Conference on Culturally Competent Disaster Response on June 28-29, 2019 at the Staybridge Suites in Baltimore, Maryland. The theme was “Recovery, Rebuilding, Resilience”. Baltimore, MD — Like hurricanes or floods, community disasters – such as police killings of unarmed Black people and lead-tainted water in Flint, Michigan – traumatize…

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MD Magazine Welcomes the Black Psychiatrists of America to the Strategic Alliance Partnership Program

By Black Family Summit News

The partnership aims to promote research and professional education to those who provide psychiatric care to underserved ethnic groups. (CRANBURY, N.J. – November 1, 2018) – MD Magazine®, a leading online source of physician news, conference coverage and peer-to-peer discussion, expands its Strategic Alliance Partnership (SAP) program with the addition of the Black Psychiatrists of America (BPA), announced Michael J. Hennessy Jr., president of MJH Associates Inc., parent company of…

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