National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) • Dr Leah Austin, President

BCDI Philadelphia & Vicinity • Lola M Rooney, President


Applications are still open!

The deadline to apply for the Public Voices Fellowship is Sunday, March 19th! You don't want to miss out on this unique opportunity!

The National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) is accepting applications for the Public Voices Fellowship on Racial Justice in Early Childhood in partnership with The OpEd Project. The year-long Fellowship will be offered to a cohort of twenty thought leaders, the majority of whom will be from diverse backgrounds and underrepresented groups in writing and thought leadership. The cohort will build leadership skills and knowledge to ensure their ideas shape not only their fields but also the greater public conversations of our age through support from extraordinary mentors. The result? A cadre of powerful changemakers writing to mobilize communities and ignite movement through written word. 

The application deadline is March 19, 2023. You may find the application form here. 

The Public Voices Fellowship is an initiative launched by The OpEd Project in partnership with leading universities, foundations, and mission-aligned organizations across the globe. 

Save-the-Date: Black Men Educators

Convening #BMEC2022
November 17th - 19th, 2022

The Center for Black Educator Development is thrilled to bring you the Black Men Educators Convening #BMEC2022 on November 17th through 19th, 2022. The convening will begin with a welcome reception in the evening on Thursday, November 17th and continue through Saturday, November 19th with workshops, panel discussions, healing, building, networking, and fireside chats.

#BMEC2022 is returning to a live experience in Philadelphia, PA. We are looking to transform the education sector by recruiting, retaining, supporting, and activating more Black men to support and lead the work of revolutionizing the educational system. Do you have Black Men Educators you should be sponsoring to attend? Please share with your networks as well.

We are excited and honored to build upon #BMEC that began on Philly on October 1, 2015, continued through our Virtual Convening in November 2021, and years of our collective work convening, supporting, and organizing Black men through The Fellowship: Black Male Educators for Social Justice.

Through #BMEC2022, we are continuing our tradition of educational activism, professional development, and organizing by convening Black men educators and those who support them to build community with each other through tactical thoughts, words, and actions that will help us to collectively change the lives of students and the school communities in which we serve. Our orientation is to lean and stand on the shoulders of our giants and heroes so that we may lift as we climb.

This in-person convening will have live sessions (some recordings will be available on-demand), that will provide participants with a unique, communal, and empathetic space to discuss the deep emotional, intellectual, and trajectory-altering work that revolutionary Black men educator-activists do day-to-day.
Our empowering agenda of speakers, panel discussions, and workshops (which we’ll share soon!) will inform, inspire, and activate Black men educators and others in the educational ecosystem to continue leading with humility and courage.

Current and aspiring educators, researchers, parents, students, and thought leaders will provide practical tools and feedback to continue revolutionizing education in classrooms, while changing lives and perspectives.
Attendees will also gain access to a wide network of Black men educators that will empower, uplift, and fuel the recruitment, support, and retention of the next generation of Black men educators and the students they are committed to leading.

Registration Link Coming Soon! Subscribe to our newsletter to ensure you receive the links for registration and request for proposals in July!

  • What: Black Men Educators Convening #BMEC2022
  • When: November 17 - 19, 2022
  • Where: Philadelphia, PA; Venue: TBD
  • Who: Black men educators and those who support them, parents/community members, school/district leaders, superintendents, education non-profit and foundation leaders, higher education leaders & administrators, education advocates, high school and college students, education policy leaders, etc.

Registration Cost: Early Bird: $180
Regular Admission: $200

Take Action:
? Raise your voice...and spread the word about this important gathering. ?
Help us reach all Black men educators (and those who support them)!

Forward this Save-the-Date to 5 people who would benefit from this experience, such as educators (traditional and community/based) teachers and school/district leaders, parents, activists, professors, as well as mentors, after school program staff, researchers, college students studying to be classroom teachers, or young people interested in/open to/curious/passionate about becoming teacher-activists.
We’ll share more soon, including our agenda, speakers, topics, location, and more in the next few weeks!
If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to inquire about being an event partner, panelist, or workshop facilitator, contact us at


Emir Davis, Director of Black Male Engagement,
Center for Black Educator Development

Sharif El-Mekki, CEO
Center for Black Educator Development