curtis lewis

Dear BMEA Supporter: 

Thank you for your unwavering commitment to the Black Male Educators Alliance (BMEA) mission. Your generosity has contributed to our goal of liberating students, teachers, and school leaders in an effort to transform the education landscape across our country. 

Earlier this year I left the K-12 space to leverage my 20+ years of educating children, coaching and developing leaders, and researching and implementing best practices to provoke change on a broader scale and transform the educational experiences for Black and brown children nationwide. Since then, BMEA has expanded its reach to schools in the Midwest Region as well as those on the East Coast. Although we have expanded our reach, Detroit is Home, and where our target focus lies. We continue to develop Detroit-area Black school leaders and support Black male teachers early in their careers through our Principal Wellness and Early Career Teacher fellowships. Through such efforts, we have been able to retain 100% of the educators in our programs, including those who previously considered leaving the profession prior to joining the BMEA community. 

Our latest addition is the resurgence of our Mentoring arm. Modeled after an exemplar I previously designed and successfully implemented for a traditional public school district during my early years as a graduate student at Michigan State University, BMEA’s K-12 Intergenerational Mentoring Program seeks to create a pipeline for young Black males to enter the teaching field, ultimately, solving a long sought-after challenge to increase the percentage of Black males in the classroom, and a target focus on improving math proficiency in Detroit-area public schools. 

We would not have been able to conduct such initiatives or facilitate effective programming without your support. The gifts whether monetary or in-kind have advanced our mission and brought transformation to school spaces that had been previously bound by oppressive approaches to educating Black and brown children, thereby hindering the development of their natural genius. 

Your continued support is greatly appreciated. Should you decide to donate during this Season of Giving, I invite you to do so by accessing the button labeled, DONATE TODAY. The link will lead you to our donation page where you will have the option of submitting a one-time, or recurring gift. We are grateful for any contribution, large or small, and we thank you for your invaluable partnership.


Yours in Commitment,

Curtis L. Lewis, Ph.D.
Black Male Educators Alliance

The Principal Wellness Fellowship is a cohort of school leaders that engage in a series of activities to center wellness. These sessions provide principals with a new framework for sustainability and transformative practices that promote healing for themselves and those that they serve.

“This PLC is by far the best professional development that I’ve experienced in all of my years in education… and thats saying a lot.”

– Principal Marty Bulger
BMEA Principal Wellness Fellow


BMEA partners with schools to support schools in the exploration of BMEA’s liberating learners framework of concepts and strategies that support creating school environments that foster a spirit of liberation, that are intellectually stimulating, and uplift and honor Black excellence.

“This was an AMAZING experience!! Thank you so much for sharing your time and resources with us! I looked forward to these sessions each time and each time you all delivered above and beyond my expectations!! I am in awe of the work that you all do and I pray that we continue to cross paths moving forward!”

– HS Teacher

BMEA’s mentoring intergenerational/tiered approach focuses on academics, community outreach and engagement, and character development for young Black boys. Our program is designed to help them prioritize their learning, persevere through adversity, love and respect themselves and others, and gain insight into who they are and their strengths/talents.

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