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developing new policy alternatives to improve systems to more equitably support males of color. And philanthropic affinity groups such as the Marginalized Males Funders Group, Grantmakers for Children Youth and Families (www.gcyf.org) and the Association for Black Foundation Executives (www.abfe.org) have been leaders in mobilizing philanthropic dollars to be invested in initiatives targeting males of color.

As this field around marginalized males emerges in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, it is vital that grantmakers, policymakers and practitioners learn from and apply the construct that Mr. Harris poses, as well as those framed by other leading thinkers such as john powell, Dr. Alford Young, Dr. Pedro Noguera and others. However, it is equally important that these stakeholders engage in the other kind of listening and learning that John Hope Franklin advocated. Many of the leaders for change are men and boys of color in their respective communities. This publication explores the lives and stories of four young men of color who live in communities in the American South. By profiling each of these young men, this paper will explore notions of manhood, family, community and identity.

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