Who is Brown Sons Empowered?

Brown Sons Empowered is an organization for brown boys ages 5-15 organized to offer education, opportunities, and exposure to resources; enabling them to learn key life skills to be successful members of society.

The Goal of BSE?


Empower, educate, and execute strategies to improve the quality of life for brown boys.


Change the life trajectory of brown boys at risk between the ages of 5-15 enabling them to learn, to lead, and to leverage all that the world has to offer them to be successful in the next phase of their life.

Become the village that protects our children’s innocence and addresses any social ills contrary to them leading safe and positive lives.


  • 54% of African Americans graduate from high school, compared to more than three quarters of White and Asian students.
  • Nationally, African American male students in grades K-12 were nearly 2½ times as likely to be suspended from school in 2000 as white students.
  • In 2007, nearly 6.2 million young people were high school dropouts. Every student who does not complete high school costs our society an estimated $260,000 in lost earnings, taxes, and productivity.
  • The twelfth-grade reading scores of African American males were significantly lower than those for men and women across every other racial and ethnic group.
  • Only 14% of African American eighth graders score at or above the proficient level. These results reveal that millions of young people cannot understand or evaluate text, provide relevant details, or support inferences about the written documents they read.
  • The majority of the 2.3 million people incarcerated in U.S. prisons and jails are people of color, people with mental health issues and drug addiction, people with low levels of educational attainment, and people with a history of unemployment or underemployment.

What will BSE Do?


Get our brown boys reading at the highest levels in the country. Increased reading levels improves all facets of life.


Teach African American history to improve and strengthen their cultural identify and the importance of READING.


Establish literacy around finance issues to help create better decisions making for them and their families.


 Engaging boys identified as early athletes that school is first.

BSE Launches Brown Sons Book Club through National Campaign READ UP!


Brown Boys Book Clubs – The ReadUp campaign will focus on earlychildhood reading, while measuring improvements from ages 8-11 tied to standard scoring.

Why a Book Club:

To ensure our boys are not only learning to read, but reading to learn.

Foster relationships between young men, and encourage them to think long-term as they grow into manhood.

Develop and strengthen interpersonal relationship and public speaking skills; as they will discuss their thoughts about the literature they are reading through various forums.

Promote critical thinking skills.

Springboard a future generations of strong readers!

Cost: Participation in the club is free.

The titles selected will be available through the local public libraries. However, the number of copies available may vary. Parents can also choose to purchase a copy of a selected book through, Barnes & Noble, or other booksellers.


How: Each age category will have 4-6 books to read for the year. The boys will have an opportunity to engage and enjoy meet ups, events, and activities to share their reading experience.

Registration will begin November 2016; launch in January 2017. This is open to the public and all are welcome.

While the statistics are in some instances 10 years old, the data continues show little to no improvement in many of these key areas