Black Male Identity

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Black Male IdentityMade possible by a major grant from the Open Society Institute’s U.S. Program’s Campaign for Black Male Achievement, Black Male Identity engages multiple partners and participants to overcome the prevailing negative stereotypes on what it means to be a black male.

Project leaders Sam Christian Holmes, Fanon Hill, and Peter Bruun facilitate a process with support from an Advisory Group of artists, scholars, activists, and community leaders, and multiple partnerships with individuals and institutions throughout the Baltimore region.


Artists and other Baltimore residents take up the challenge of creating images and language that express a new, authentic, complex and thought-provoking view of what it means to be black and male in America.

The works are created throughout the first half of 2011, and will be shared in multiple exhibitions and events in fall 2011, as well as documented in a film, promoted through a media campaign, and disseminated nationally through a project website.


In the United States, obstacles to achievement continue to persist for black men and boys in the areas of education, work, and family. Black Male Identity will provide new understanding of what it means to be a black male in this country, instigating dialogue and change in current perceptions. The project will also offer a model for other cities to help undo existing negative biases towards black men and boys standing in the way of opportunity.

Contact: Fanon Hill