Mission Statement

The mission of The Black Institute is to shape intellectual discourse and dialogue and impact public policy uniquely from a Black perspective (a perspective which includes all people of color in the United States and throughout the Diaspora). The Black Institute will translate the “think” in think-tank into “action” through a head, heart and feet strategy: the head being research, data gathering, polling and academic partnerships; the heart being civic education, training and development; and the feet being on the ground organizing and issue based campaigns. The Black Institute will change the discourse of public debate, train and educate new leadership and develop initiatives to build wealth, build power and deliver justice to Black people.

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commented 2014-11-30 13:46:54 -0500 · Flag
Also I am always worried when black people start the intellectual convo there is a large exclusion that becomes a mental rift for those that don’t “think” them selves intellectual.

commented 2014-04-27 13:17:05 -0400 · Flag
There are two posts here in which lies about the original ACORN are repeated.
I assume that these are by whites who do not want to see black self help organizations or black political power.
Ignore these racists and carry on.

Pamela McGhee
commented 2012-06-23 14:02:00 -0400 · Flag
Please create a petition to President Obama. Thank you — George Matkovits matkovitsg@msn.com
commented 2011-12-27 14:00:27 -0500 · Flag
It is a shame that “government funding” (actually money from black taxpayers) cannot be used to support efforts that interest blacks. Money from black taxpayers is still being used to support the interests of non-blacks—go figure. Anyway, I am glad to see the mission of ACORN will still be met. I hope a large number of us will support The Black Institute.
commented 2011-12-22 16:33:12 -0500 · Flag
State chapters have incorporated themselves under new names. New York became New York Communities for Change. California became Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment. Texas became Texas Organizing Project. ACORN’s vote manufacturing division, Project Vote, still operates under the same name and small-c communist Frances Fox Piven still sits on its board. ACORN’s housing bubble generator, ACORN Housing, changed its name to Affordable Housing Centers of America. It’s the same people in the same offices and it just goes on and on.
commented 2011-12-22 16:30:23 -0500 · Flag
ACORN chief organizer Bertha Lewis has created a group called the Black Institute whose agenda is essentially identical to ACORN’s. Due to extreme failure and defunding by Congress, ACORN organizers are continuing to corrupt and infiltrate honesty in public elections in order to promote the black agenda. ACORN was founded to have more than 400,000 illegal ballotts in the last election… imagine what they will do next. I will rally Congress and ensure that the Black Institute does not receive federal funds because it is a racist organization and was formed out of defience to the Constitution of the United States. You are corrupt and prey on the uneducated black community because they don’t know any better.
commented 2011-11-06 18:59:24 -0500 · Flag
I am very happy that this Institute has become a reality. There has been much talk about creating this kind of an action tank for a long time. It’s about time that it has happened. To Ms. Lewis, I’m featuring your work in a paper called “Speaking Truth to Power: Black Women and Community Politics in the Obama Era”. I would really like to do a fully biographical interview in the coming months!
commented 2011-10-21 19:13:40 -0400 · Flag
I just herd about it and I have no problem participating. I’m not sure how much progressive action (I’m all about action) comes from it yet, but I am willing to ride it out and see.
Also I am always worried when black people start the intellectual convo there is a large exclusion that becomes a mental rift for those that don’t “think” them selves intellectual. Or those that do and get picked apart by our egos we learn to have being told all the time that we are the “intellectuals” of our culture so we should speak for them. We have to find a way to exclude priority of the euro centric language and still keep the all inclusive blackness and support those that did not assimilate so well and learn not to celebrate. By the way I am in not way indorsing ignorance for black people or what I like to call Hood rat and hood wolf behavior. I am only trying to preserve the innocence and support those who truly don’t know.
commented 2011-10-20 12:35:00 -0400 · Flag
I think The black Institute is a wonderful and long time overdue organization that needs to lead the charge for black people throughout the United states of America
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The Black Institute
The Black Institute shapes intellectual discourse and impacts public policy from the perspective of Black people in America and people of color throughout the diaspora.