Black Men's Research Institute
Rooted in the scholarship of the humanities, humanistic social sciences, and the creative arts, the Black Men's Research institute is pioneering the study of Black men's issues. The institute's expansive and intersectional focus explores the diversity of Black men in society.
By amplifying collaborative thought leadership and social justice scholarship, BMRI strives to counter conflicting narratives, distrust, and ambiguity with a clear, authoritative voice on the experiences of Black men. BMRI will also strengthen the intellectual discovery, discourse, and scholarship at Morehouse in areas related to LGBTQ history, culture, and social challenges, as well as sexism, patriarchy, and misogyny. Initial funding for BMRI has been provided through a four-year, $1.2 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The institute will be a positive force for promoting richer, more nuanced understandings of how Black men affect and are influenced by their communities.Kendrick Brown, Ph.D., provost and senior vice president of Academic Affairs,
Purpose and Goals
Outcomes experienced by many Black men raise concerning issues, from income disparity to health inequalities to a disproportionate societal association with violence. Historically, analyses of myriad inequalities experienced by Black men have taken a deficit approach, failing to account for the intersectionality of gender, sexuality, socioeconomic, historical, artistic, political, and other influences that illustrate the complexity of Black masculinities. It is imperative to promote an integrative, nuanced, and inclusive perspective on the diverse expressions of Black masculinities
Advancing a more suitably complex narrative will contribute to national and international conversations, scholarship, and higher education curricula, as well as potentially inform public policies focused on Black men and their communities.
Thought Leadership and Intellectual Scholarship
In many ways, BMRI will serve as an incubator for faculty to create curricula and scholarship and engage in research at Morehouse that can be adopted by other institutions seeking to provide more inclusive and authentic education about Black masculinities.
Through research, symposia, public lectures, curriculum development workshops, and other forms of engagement, BMRI will focus on the intersection of culture and social justice by contextualizing Black masculinities in all their manifestations, both within and outside of the U.S. The Institute will promote intellectual engagement that is grounded in humanities, humanistic social sciences, and creative arts by advancing open intellectual discussion across disciplines and scholarly communities. This social justice focus may manifest through work with non-profit agencies, government bodies, private businesses, and other institutions committed to addressing inequities affecting Black men and their communities. As well, the Institute will ensure that learning about Black masculinities utilizes civic engagement, service learning, and participatory research methods that can both educate students and lend support to address community needs.