ABOUT US

Black Male Educators Alliance of Michigan (BMEA) is a collective of educators, mentors, community leaders, and other professionals who partner to increase the number of effective black male educators to improve the educational experiences for urban children.

THE MISSION

Our Mission is to partner with educational agencies at the local, state and national level to advocate for the support of Recruiting black men into education, Retaining black male educators, and Developing leaders to improve the education of urban youth. We are a group of practitioners invested in the dismantling of institutional impediments to diversity in the educational profession.

BMEA’s Focus Areas:

Policy: BMEA will work closely with educational policy makers in Detroit and the Michigan Department of Education to bring awareness and to advocate for change or support in all policy areas that greatly impact students and staff.

Mentoring: BMEA will mentor young black male students at the middle and high school level. The mentoring program will focus on academic excellence, responsibility to community, social justice and the importance of education.

Recruiting: BMEA is committed to recruiting top high school black male talent into colleges of education, and to recruiting the top professionals into teaching.

Instructional Leadership & Training: BMEA will host various workshops to train educators on Deeper Learning, Culturally Relevant Education, Restorative Practices, and other best practices in the classroom.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Curtis L. Lewis, Ph. D.

Curtis L. Lewis, Ph. D.

Chairman of the Board

Biography

Karlin Tichenor, Ph. D.

Karlin Tichenor, Ph. D.

Board Member

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Russell Harris

Russell Harris

Board Member

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Rev. Solomon Kinloch, Jr.

Rev. Solomon Kinloch, Jr.

Board Member

Biography

Abram Miller

Abram Miller

Board Member

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Marini Lee, Ph. D.

Marini Lee, Ph. D.

Board Member

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Council Member James E. Tate, Jr.

Council Member James E. Tate, Jr.

Board Member

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N. Akosua Burris

N. Akosua Burris

Board Member

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Chezare Warren, Ph.D.

Chezare Warren, Ph.D.

Board Member

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Lisa Johanon, Esq

Lisa Johanon, Esq

Board Member

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Larry Holliday

Larry Holliday

Board Member

Biography

Rachele Dimeglio

Rachele Dimeglio

Board Member

Biography

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Michael Payne, JR

President

Clarence Houston

Leadership Team Member

Brandon Lane

Leadership Team Member

Joseph Hines, II

Leadership Team Member

Chris Waston

Leadership Team Member

Andre Criswell

Leadership Team Member

Ryan Thomas

Leadership Team Member