Who We Are
B.L.A.C.K. 2 Life (B2L)
B.ringing L.ove A.nd C.onscious K.nowledge 2 Life
Empower black men to strengthen underserved communities through education and inspiration.
In the summer of 2017, three friends decided to organize and raise money to purchase and hand out books and school supplies to children in a North Dallas community known for a large amount of crime and violence. The event was held in the parking lot of a heavily trafficked shopping center and a total of 10 black men decided to show up and help in passing out books to children throughout the neighborhood. The event was such a success, the three friends decided to reach out to more black men across the nation to do the same in their communities.
This outreach resulted in a five city (Dallas, Atlanta, New York, D. C., and Shreveport) book giveaway where black men passed out over 5,000 books within their community. After this event, the group decided to establish B.L.A.C.K. 2 LIFE, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The acronym B.L.A.C.K. stands for Bringing Love and Conscious Knowledge 2 LIFE. Our mission is to empower black men to strengthen underserved communities through education and inspiration.
Our activities include but are not limited to:
Promoting Childhood Literacy
Community Service Initiatives
Research shows there is an undeniable connection between literacy and incarceration rates. The Literacy Project Foundation found that three out of five people in U.S. prisons can’t read and 85 percent of juvenile offenders have trouble reading. According to the National Adult Literacy Survey, 70 percent of the adult prison population cannot read at a fourth-grade level. The U.S. Department of Justice states, “The link between academic failure and delinquency, violence, and crime is welded to reading failure.”
As black men, we plan to galvanize our communities to combat this often overlooked aspect of mass incarceration and the criminal justice system.
Please help us inspire children in our communities through the promotion of literacy and change the image of black men in our communities for others to look up to!