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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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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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The National Association of African American Drug Policy Coalition

Call for Papers – National African American Drug Policy Coalition

By Black Family Summit News

National African American Drug Policy Coalition Call for Papers and Panel Presentations Join NAADPC members, state chapters and affiliates of NAADPC in panel discussions, research sessions, and select presentations in Dallas, Texas February 11-12, 2019. Special sessions will be conducted by Retired Superior Court Judge Arthur L. Burnett, Sr. The program is being co-sponsored by the National Association of African Studies. An abstract not to exceed two pages for a…

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Identifying and Implementing Effective Mental Health Strategies for Black America – ALC ’18

By Black Family Summit News, Video/Audio

  The Congressional Black Caucus in partnership with the Greater Washington Urban League and WURD Black Talk Media, hosted an interactive 2-hour evidence-based discussion on mental health issues in the African American community. Historically, communities of color experience unique and considerable challenges in accessing mental health services. The challenges facing our communities are rooted in historical adversity, which includes slavery, race-based exclusion from health, educational, social and economic resources. People…

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FreeHer National Conference

FreeHer National Conference – September 28th-30th, 2018 in Tulsa Oklahoma

By Black Family Summit News, Events

Hosted by the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls and the Women’s Collective to End Incarceration of Women and Girls. Tulsa, Oklahoma, September 28th-30th, 2018 On September 28th-30th, formerly incarcerated women and girls, directly affected people, activists, advocates and supporters from across the country will come together to connect and share ideas and resources to work collectively toward ending incarceration of women and girls and creating systems…

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FreeHer National Conference

FreeHer National Conference – Request for Proposals Deadline Extended to 8/15

By Black Family Summit News

Flyer below The mission of the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls (National Council) is to end the incarceration of women and girls. We do this by providing a membership platform of technical support, complex coalition building, and comprehensive resources that assist local initiatives to organize toward our shared goal of shifting from a criminal legal system to one based on human justice. Through the work…

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IBW Black Family Summit

IBW Black Family Summit (BFS) Education, Orientation, Advocacy Retreat

By Black Family Summit News

Baltimore, MD, May 2-3, 2018 — Members of IBW’s Black Family Summit (BFS) and Justice Collaborative met for a two day Education, Orientation, Advocacy Retreat at the National Office of Institute of the Black World 21st Century. Retreat Synopsis The 2-day Retreat began on Wednesday afternoon, May 2nd at the Institute of the Black World 21st Century National Office in Baltimore Maryland. We began with a Pre-Retreat Meeting lead by Baba Leonard…

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Institute of the Black World 21st Century

CBC Letter on SAMHSA Budget Cuts and Petition

By Black Family Summit News, News & Current Affairs
Institute of the Black World 21st Century | | 718-429-1415   May 13, 2018 The Honorable Cedric Richmond, Chair, Congressional Black Caucus, Cannon House Office Building 420 Independence Ave., SE., Washington, DC 20515 Dear Congressman Richmond, On behalf of several black organizations that participate in the Institute of the Black World Black Family Summit, this letter is written to direct your attention, and that of your colleagues in...
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Patricia Newton

Black Psychiatrists, Patients Share History of Trauma

By Black Family Summit News, News & Current Affairs

In accepting the 2018 Solomon Carter Fuller Award, Patricia Newton, M.D., M.A., M.P.H., noted that many of the same challenges that Fuller faced a century ago are still present for African-American psychiatrists and patients. Fuller is celebrated as the first African-American psychiatrist. He worked closely with Alois Alzheimer and Emil Kraepelin in Germany, and he lectured at the Clark University conference in 1909 when Sigmund Freud made his only U.S.…

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IBW21 Black Family Summit Member Organization: Black Administrators in Child Welfare

Gun Violence and Saving Black Children

By Black Family Summit News, Commentaries/Opinions

By Sharon L. McDaniel and Leonard Burton, Black Administrators in Child Welfare (BACW The Beacon) — It’s happened again—another mass school shooting in America. The images of horror-struck teens at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. continue to grip our thoughts, weeks after the Valentine’s Day murders. And the toll: 17 killed, 15 wounded and thousands emotionally scarred, lingers like a bad taste in our mouths. Another group of…

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