Concerned Black Men of Oakland
"...caring for our youth."

About Us

Concerned Black Men (CBM) was founded in 1975 when several Philadelphia police officers sponsored social events for kids at risk to gang violence. CBM’s vision was to fill the void of positive black male role models in many communities by providing mentors and programs that affirmed the care and discipline that all youth need, while providing opportunities for academic and career enrichment. While the vision of CBM’s founding members has expanded to include children and their parents nationwide, the philosophy of men offering themselves as positive role models to children has remained CBM’s mission for more than 30 years.


CBMO, as a brotherhood, will develop our community by role modeling, direct service, and advocacy. As a unit, CBMO will cultivate pathways to academic and social success.  CBMO works with all community members to support the success of our children.


Concerned Black Men works to create an America where:

  • Every child has a responsible caring adult in her or his life
  • After-school and summer enrichment programs are available to all young people, not just for children of the wealthy;
  • Youths are empowered to change their lives by receiving appropriate and accurate information on health, social and community issues;
  • Quality public education is our Nation’s highest priority; 
  • Teenage parents are the exception, not the norm.


Family- as the smallest unit of society, we value the connection to immediate and extended family relationships

Work- We value the occupation and achievement of a duty

Leadership- We stand as role models motivating others to achieve their goals

Loyalty- We value commitment to people and ideas, starting with self

Decisiveness- we strive to make firm decisions that provide clear direction

Justice- fairness and equality are cornerstones of a healthy community

Excellence- we pursue mastery and the achievement of quality

Education- we pursue intellectual endeavors and the gaining of knowledge

Teamwork- as a brotherhood, we work to achieve specific roles to accomplish common goals

Freedom- We exercise the liberty to act and speak without restriction

Diversity- We appreciate and celebrate the differences among the human family

Founding Members

Arnold Perkins      Pendarvis Harshaw         Scid Howard     Saleem Shakir                   Shawn Ginwright

Charles Johnson   Jonathan Brumfield         Hodari Davis     Chris Chatmon                  Jason Seals

David Philoxene   Tony Thurman                Harold Dees      Kwame Nitoto                   Clifford Gilmore

Steve Peterson

1305 Fanklin St. Suite 510
Oakland, Ca 94612


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