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To realize their true worth and potential.

About Concerned Black Men of Massachusetts (CBMM) 

The Concerned Black Men of Massachusetts (CBMM) was established in April of 1989. The mission of CBMM is “To Improve the Quality of the Black Community by Reaffirming the Vitality of the Black Male”.


Since its inception, CBMM has been active in the above-stated mission and has been recognized widely for its efforts. We have established a number of programs and initiatives that seek to effectively impact various communities via a holistic (academic, physical, spiritual) approach to service delivery.


For over 30 years the CBMM has sponsored the development, operation, and execution of the Paul Robeson Institute for Positive Self-Development (PRI). PRI provides a stable and consistent environment in which boys can count on interacting with Black male volunteers who provide a dependable counter to the Black male role models that often intermittently slide in and out of their lives. PRI students come to depend on the fact that every Saturday they will be mentored by compassionate, loving Black men who model how a successful fulfilling life can be built on being well behaved, respectful, playing by the rules and being intellectually curious.

Meet Our Founders

Paul S. Bracy, M.Ed.
CBMM founder Ronald S. Crichlow

Ronald Crichlow

CBMM founder Chancellor_J._Keith_Motle
Donald Brown, Ed.D
CBMM founder Alan Dobson
CBMM founder Doctor Edgar Smith
CBMM founder Dan Bunch
CBMM founder Sandy Francis
CBMM founder Ernest Washington
CBMM founder  Clarence Williams
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