Portland was one of a handful of cities selected by the League of American Cities to take part in the Black Male Achievement (BMA) initiative. The BMA focuses on employment opportunities for African-American males, engaging young black men, and other equity issues. Representatives from six U.S. cities are meeting Thursday and Friday to brainstorm and share the progress they’ve made.


  • Leon T. Andrews, Jr.: Director of the Race, Equity and Leadership (REAL) Initiative at National League of Cities
  • Walter Robinson II: Multnomah county liaison for the Black Male Achievement Initiative, Portland
  • Wilandrae McCall: Participant in the BMA Portland Summer Youth program