NEW YORK, July 7, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Five years ago, on July 7, 2016, a concerned mother of two Black sons gave birth to twin organizations: Moms of Black Boys United, Inc. (M.O.B.B. United) and M.O.B.B United for Social Change, Inc. Depelsha Thomas McGruder founded these nonprofits in the wake of the brutal police killings of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and many others who came before them. Fed up, frustrated and filled with despair, she took to her computer to do something about it. A heartfelt social media post began a journey for McGruder and a dedicated cohort of moms that led to the formation of M.O.B.B. United; two organizations dedicated to influencing policies and perceptions that impact how Black boys and men are viewed and treated by law enforcement and other authority figures.
This year, moms of Black sons around the world exhaled at the same time as Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill sentenced former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin to 22.5 years in prison for the murder of son, brother, father, and friend, George Floyd.
"We shared a collective sigh of relief when we finally saw some semblance of justice and accountability," said McGruder, a former TV executive who started M.O.B.B. United as a Facebook support group. "But it would be naive and foolish for us to assume that accountability in one case will lead to a permanent shift. Our work is far from done."
In a show of force, M.O.B.B. United members are advocating for the passage of policies and legislation that will increase accountability for law enforcement, including the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act (H.R. 1280). Honoring his life and all of the lives murdered by the hands of those meant to protect and serve requires vigilance.
"M.O.B.B. United is encouraging community members to contact their U.S. Senators and demand passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act," stressed McGruder, noting the National Academy of Sciences data point that Black men are 2.5 times more likely to be killed by police. "Future generations are counting on us."
M.O.B.B. United's key initiatives are designed to support moms working to change perceptions of Black boys and men, and bring an end to racial profiling and discrimination. Training and empowering moms to become effective advocates while raising their voices collectively nationwide is another principal area of focus.
There is strength in numbers. That's why this vocal online community of more than 170,000 is rallying moms and allies across the nation to join in the organization's daily work toward equity and justice for Black boys and men. In recognition of its fifth anniversary milestone, M.O.B.B. United is launching its "Invite 5 Moms" campaign to encourage members and others to help increase frontline support, and expand the organization's impact.
"It's a critical moment for the organization as we complete our fifth year and continue the fight of our lives," emphasized McGruder. "We won't stop until society sees our Black boys and men through the lens of humanity and with the dignity and respect they deserve."
To learn more about M.O.B.B. United's 5th "MOBBiversary" activities, key priorities, ongoing initiatives and support its critical work, visit mobbunited.org.
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Who we are: Moms Of Black Boys United, Inc. and M.O.B.B. United for Social Change, Inc. mobbunited.org
What we do: Serve as a resource and a voice for moms of Black boys and men working to bring an end to racial profiling and discrimination.
Why it matters: Some stark realities facing our communities:
Black men are 2.5 times more likely to be killed by police (Risk of being killed by police use of force in the United States by age, race-ethnicity, and sex by Frank Edwards, Hedwig Lee, et.al, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America).
Black Americans are three times more likely than Whites to be killed during a police encounter (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health study, June 2020).
One in three Black men can expect to go to prison in their lifetime, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
Black and Hispanic students represent more than 70 percent of those involved in school-related arrests or referrals, according to the Department of Education.
Black boys as young as 10-years-old are significantly less likely to be viewed as children than their white peers (Journal of Personality and Social Psychology study, 2014).
Black students are more likely to be suspended from school than White students (Dept. of Education, 2015-16 school year).
Black children are 18 times more likely to be tried as adults than White children in the criminal justice system.
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SOURCE Moms of Black Boys United (M.O.B.B. United)