“The BMRI will fill a void in research, scholarship, curriculum and public engagement to reveal a holistic understanding of the experiences of men and boys of African descent in the United States, Africa and the African Diaspora,” said Clarissa Myrick-Harris, Ph.D.
For over a century, Morehouse College has served as an epicenter for groundbreaking research surrounding inequities that impact marginalized communities, and the Atlanta-based institution is staying true to that tradition through the creation of a new project. The HBCU announced the launch of its Black Men’s Research Institute.
Through the initiative, scholars will examine how the existence of global social and economic disparities shape the lives of Black men. The institute—which sits at the intersection of social sciences, creative arts and humanities—will explore the different dimensions of Black male identities through an intersectional lens; illustrating that the experiences of men within the Black community aren’t monolithic. The initiative also hopes to dispel preconceived notions about Black manhood, foster global conversations and generate research to inform public policies and civic engagement projects centered on creating better life outcomes for Black men. Through the institute scholars will engage in a myriad of learning experiences—including symposiums, workshops and lectures—focused on thought leadership, intellectual discovery, knowledge exchange and innovation.
BMRI, which has been funded through a four-year endowment from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will be a starting point for the first Black masculinities studies minor at an HBCU and a digital certificate program. The institute will work in concert with the college’s Africana studies and history department. Under the umbrella of BMRI, Morehouse plans to cultivate a scholarship focused on Black men and their communities. Continue Reading
Morehouse today launched the Black Men’s Research Institute (BMRI), a pioneering initiative to study the economic, social, cultural, & personal outcomes of issues affecting Black men, particularly where disparities exist in the U.S. and abroad. Learn more: https://t.co/NyaL6daDBq pic.twitter.com/AvgemFl4yH— Morehouse College (@Morehouse) January 18, 2022