ABOUT US

Founded in 2017, BMEA was created with the primary goal to recruit, engage, and develop Black male educators. We achieve this by partnering with educational agencies at the local, state and national level to support recruiting black men into education, engaging Black male educators, and developing leaders to improve the education of youth.

mission

Our mission is to develop effective culturally responsive educators who cultivate learning partnerships AND grow independent thinkers into change agents for their communities.

mission anchors

Our Anchor Mission Strategy outlines the ways in which we channel our collective energy to RECRUIT, ENGAGE AND develop BLACK MALE AND Culturally responsive educatORS, WHOM prioritize students’ cultural environment to create “liberated learners”

Recruit

Black men represent only 2% of the national teaching force, although children of color make up the majority of the American school population. Prioritizing the recruitment and onboarding of Black male educators

Engage

Nationally, Black male and culturally responsive educators leave their schools and profession at higher rates than their counterparts. We help schools and administrators develop and implement engagement and retention strategies.

Develop

Research indicates that efforts to develop and invest in the Black male and culturally responsive teaching force are the most effective retention methods for Black and culturally responsive educators

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Joe Bush

Joe Bush

Director of K-12 Mentoring

Joseph Hines, II

Joseph Hines, II

Consultant

Brandon Lane

Brandon Lane

Executive Director of Programming and Partnerships

CURTIS L. LEWIS, Ph.D.

CURTIS L. LEWIS, Ph.D.

Founder/CEO

Michael Payne, Jr.

Michael Payne, Jr.

Co-Founder/ Director of Membership and Community Engagement

Chris Waston

Chris Waston

Director of Marketing and Information Technology

Staci Williams

Staci Williams

Director of Communications & Finance

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

LEAH VAN BELLE, Ph.D.

LEAH VAN BELLE, Ph.D.

Vice Chairman

N. Akosua Burris

N. Akosua Burris

Secretary

Rachele Dimeglio

Rachele Dimeglio

Fundraising Officer

Russell Harris

Russell Harris

Chairman

Larry Holliday

Larry Holliday

Board Member

Lisa Johanon, Esq

Lisa Johanon, Esq

Board Member

Rev. Solomon Kinloch, Jr.

Rev. Solomon Kinloch, Jr.

Board Member

Abram Miller

Abram Miller

Treasurer

Council Member James E. Tate, Jr.

Council Member James E. Tate, Jr.

Board Member

KARLIN TICHENOR, Ph.D.

KARLIN TICHENOR, Ph.D.

Board Member

Tanya Upthegrove Gregory

Tanya Upthegrove Gregory

Board Member

CHEZARE WARREN, Ph.D.

CHEZARE WARREN, Ph.D.

Board Member

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