Black Leaders Advancing Community Change (BLACC)

Black leaders of small community based organizations within the nonprofit sector are often under resourced and working with limited support and capacity to include:

  • Professional and leadership development and infrastructure support

  • Mentorship and strong networks

  • Safe and authentic spaces to network and collectively strategize with other black and like-minded leaders

  • Resources, tools, and support to impact black-led social change at a systematic level

Black Leaders Advancing Community Change (BLACC) is an eight-month leadership program for black leaders of small community based nonprofit organizations and/or leaders within the nonprofit sector. BLACC places a strong emphasis on fostering relationships and building networks, collaboration, increased self-awareness with an understanding of the importance of black leadership, and black-led social change.

BLACC is intentional and explicit in bringing together a small cohort of leaders (up to 10 individuals) to create an authentic and safe space to equip participants with the necessary support to further develop leaders professionally to advance black-led social change. Although participants are focused on various topical areas i.e. education, housing, mental health, etc., there are commonalities through shared lived experiences that create a connection among the cohort which leads to partnerships and collaboration and long-term impact.


 2018/2019 BLACC Leadership Cohort

Front Row:
Elizabeth Williams-Johnson, Kameel Stanley, Rezhe Connelly, Sunni Hutton

Back Row:
Marcus Brown, Ja-Mes Watson, Rodney Brown, Kristian Blackmon, Marissa Cohen, Christopher Walter, Phillip Sangokoya




The Black Leaders Advancing Community Change (BLACC) Reception was Thursday, May 17, 2018 at the Deaconess Wellness Center and was a huge success!

Mr. Michael Jones, Principal with Jones Strategic Advisers, gave the keynote and really spoke to strategic and thoughtful ways to engage as a back leader. 

A special thank you to Bridget Flood, Executive Director with Incarnate Word Foundation, Rev. Starsky Wilson, President and CEO of Deaconess Foundation, and Ryan Barker, Vice President of Policy with Missouri Foundation for Health for your ongoing support!  I am excited to announce that there will be a third BLACC leadership cohort starting in Fall 2018.  Stay tuned for more information!  

In the meantime, check out the BLACC Lab Collab, a project designed and implemented by the 2017/2018 BLACC leadership cohort to Connect Black Talent, Time, and Treasure with organizations serving Black people and communities.