Engaging our Communities

We Believe Differently

We created Black Men Read in 2018 from a place of hope, belief, and with one goal in mind: to inspire Black males young and old to read more in an effort to improve literacy outcomes.

Because when people read more, great things start to happen. From economic growth to a reduction in poverty and crime, increased education, and so much more—ultimately, the world becomes a better place.

But right now, the Black male student population is primarily underserved, misunderstood, and ignored in the book world—resulting in low reading scores and engagement in reading in general.

It’s time to change that.

Since bringing our vision to life in Henrico County, VA, we’ve engaged thousands of adults and young people each year, but our mission extends far beyond county lines.

By establishing a consistent support structure through advocacy and mentorship and working with schools and community organizations that share our passion, we aim to inspire a lifelong love of reading. 

We won’t stop until every Black male finds joy and success in the pages of a book. We welcome you to join us for the ride.

Building a brighter future.

In less than three years, we built our causes from the ground up to match students’ interests in three large high schools in the Henrico County area. We built home libraries, facilitated and sponsored events at numerous middle and elementary schools, and designed strategic plans to encompass entire communities.

And we’re just getting started.

With the support of school administrators, librarians, and local communities, combined with our strategic plan and grant funding, we’re on track to expand our efforts and to take our key programs including, Lit At The Crib and Books and Bars, to cities across the nation over the next five years.

The journey we’re on will be an exciting and fulfilling challenge, but we’re more than ready. Want to join us?

Leadership & Board

FOUNDER & BOARD PRESIDENT

Demetrius Frazier

We created Black Men Read in 2018 from a place of hope, belief, and with one goal in mind: to inspire Black males young and old to read more in an effort to improve literacy outcomes.

Because when people read more, great things start to happen. From economic growth to a reduction in poverty and crime, increased education, and so much more—ultimately, the world becomes a better place.

But right now, the Black male student population is primarily underserved, misunderstood, and ignored in the book world—resulting in low reading scores and engagement in reading in general.

You can find Demetrius on LinkedIn here.

Board Members

Lance Adams

CO-FOUNDER, BOARD VICE PRESIDENT

Paula Bruce

BOARD TREASURER

Jessica Arrington

BOARD SECRETARY

Raymond Williams

BOOK CLUB ADMIN

Interested in joining Black Men Read ? Check out our open positions here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact BMR

 

Thank you for your interest in BMR! We’re always looking for ways to further literacy, and help inform others. Please use this form to communicate your questions and ideas with us.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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How To Get Involved

From picking monthly themes to book selections, designing meetups and experiences, our admins can help us shape BMR book clubs’ future.

Help us continue our mission by joining our Fundraising Committee to support behind-the-scenes planning while bringing several school events to life.

Reading with students is a great way to model the behavior of reading. Volunteer at schools to encourage every type of reader, from reluctant to avid readers.

BLACK MEN READ is a 501(c)(3) organization that exists to ignite social change by creating opportunities through literacy within Black communities.

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