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Friends, please sign this petition by NY Communities for Change against Extell Development plans to require a separate door for low-income residents at 1 Riverside Park!  --->


Thanks to members of NYC Council Committee on Immigration for their votes for the Resolution urging the President of the United States to include comprehensive immigration reform, and issues of importance to African immigrants and the African Diaspora, on the agenda for the 2014 U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit!

Gov. Rick Perry, “You’re Out of Line!”

We at The Black Institute support the petition launched by Texas Organizing Project against Texas Gov. Rick Perry sending troops to the border.  Friends of TBI, please sign this petition!  --->



 TBI with MCrespo

TBI team with Assemblyman Marcos Crespo, Chair of NY State Assembly Task Force on New Americans, after the rally for deportations relief.  July 14, 2014.


Battery Park rally 

The Black Institute at the Battery Park rally for deportations relief, with The New York Immigration Coalition, Make the Road New York, MinKwon Center for Community Action, La Fuente, Russian-Speaking Community Council of Manhattan and the Bronx, and other allies. July 14, 2014. Also see http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/supporters-of-the-new-yorkers-for-real-immigration-reform-news-photo/452145452




Petitioning the President of the United States

Include Immigration Reform on the Agenda of the White House's US-Africa Leaders Summit, Slated For August 2014 in DC --->



TBI President Bertha Lewis speaking at Bring Back Our Girls Rally at the United Nations Plaza, June 16, 2014


Our press release on the Supreme Court decision in Scialabba v. Cuellar de Osorio (June 9, 2014) --->



 Bertha and RCCMB

TBI President Bertha Lewis recognized with an award by Russian-Speaking Community Council of Manhattan and the Bronx (RCCMB) in Washington Heights, May 29, 2014.

TBI in The New York Times (May 19, 2014) --->


        New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's remarks at TBI's 2014 gala --->



Bertha and BACDYS

TBI President Bertha Lewis honored by Bangladeshi American Community Development and Youth Services (BACDYS) in Jamaica, Queens, May 23, 2014.



The Black Institute’s (TBI) Generation Project (The G Project) is an innovative public awareness campaign that focuses entirely on Black Immigrants and the contributions that they have made to this country.  The G Project is different from other grassroots efforts centered on Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) and Black Immigration because instead of focusing on the perceived ills of immigration, and the supposed divide that it has created in the Black Community, it focuses on the positive aspects of immigration – success and achievement in an effort to help galvanize support for CIR and Black Immigration.

Most demographic discussions of politics or social policy that involve race center on the classification of any Black in the U.S. as African American.  However, it is estimated that there are over 60 million first and second generation African Americans with immigrant backgrounds.  The changing demographics of the U.S. population are not only browning, but the political and social impact of African Americans from immigrant backgrounds will also have a profound effect on government, the economy and social constructs.  The African American vote for the first time exceeded the White vote in 2012.  Who are these African Americans and can we identify their backgrounds?  The call for Comprehensive Immigration Reform was put into stark relief by the impact it would have on the Latino vote in the future.  The changing demographics in this country demand that we examine the African American vote and voters.  

What is A “G”?GProjectLA.jpg

Simply put, a “G” is A Black Immigrant - an African, Caribbean, or Afro Latino person, who has immigrated to the US from another country (Africa, Europe, The Caribbean, or South America).  Of course, you have your 0-G’s, those who were born in native lands and then migrated to the US; your G-1’s who are the sons and daughters of blacks who immigrated to the US; your G-2’s, those who are the grandsons and granddaughters of blacks who immigrated to the US; and finally your G-3’s who are the great grandsons and great granddaughters of blacks who immigrated to the US. 

What is TBI’s “G” Project?

What we have learned from our years of organizing black immigrants and running our own black immigration campaigns is that there is a deep immigration closet.  Meaning, Black Immigrants are identified by others, and even sometimes by themselves as Black Americans. The most profound example of this can be found by reflecting on the Black Immigration rally that we had this past March, where more than four of our Black Congressional Caucus members announced on stage that their parents and grandparents were in fact Black Immigrants.  This means that these four highly educated, very successful Black Leaders that many of us look up to are the descendants of Black Immigrant and by our definition are G-1s and G-2s!!  

GProjectAlly.jpegSince that day in March, we have come across hundreds of other successful, high profile G’s - activists, community leaders, clergy, entertainers, professional athletes, authors, journalists, scientists, academics, and of course politicians, and have solicited many of them to sign-on as ambassadors and/or supporters of this very important project.  

The G Project will raise public awareness about the many contributions that these successful Black Immigrants have made to this country by simply Identifying Black Americans who are either immigrants themselves or have immigrant parents, grandparents or great grandparents and showcasing their contributions to this country.  Many individuals believed to be Black Americans, are actually Black Immigrants, or descendants of Black immigrants and not descendants of black slaves.  We believe that acknowledging and recognizing this fact is an important step in birthing another important narrative about what it means to be Black in America.  A narrative that hopefully proves beneficial in bridging the gap between Black Americans and Black Immigrants.  

Through The G Project, TBI will improve the climate for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) in the Black Community and develop a unifying message that resonates throughout the Black community regarding the importance of standing in solidarity to support and advocate for CIR that is inclusive of the Black Immigrant perspective. 



Visit The G Project on FB, Twitter, Take the G Survey and become part of the G movement by liking and sharing our posts and tweets.

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commented 2014-01-21 11:59:54 -0500 · Flag
My parents are from Mississippi and Texas. They worked very very hard and achieved many of the accoutrements of success. It has been my observation and experience that many immigrants of color harbor misinformed and disdainful attitudes toward non immigrant blacks. Your delineation of “successful” West Indian immigrants will exacerbate these unfortunate and ultimately self- defeating attitudes. Please read Harold Cruse’s Crisis in Black and White. Isabel Wilkerson’s Warmth of Other Suns will be useful to one seeking the reality of the journey of blacks in America and their contributions.
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