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LEAD. LIVE. LOVE.

The ExceptionAL Project Is about empowering the underserved and misrepresented to take back their power to redefine themselves and their possibilities. We encourage everyone we partner with to live the following values and equip them with the habits of mind and skills to do so:  LEAD by example, LIVE life to the fullest, and LOVE without condition. 

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LEAD. LIVE. LOVE.

The ExceptionAL Project Is about empowering the underserved and misrepresented to take back their power to redefine themselves and their possibilities. We encourage everyone we partner with to live the following values and equip them with the habits of mind and skills to do so:  LEAD by example, LIVE life to the fullest, and LOVE without condition. 

About the ExceptionAL project

The Motivation

In recent years, media has been saturated with stories of Black men losing their lives at the hands of law enforcement officials.  These tragedies have spurred countless debates and discussions, many of which almost always offer an incomplete picture of the men being discussed.  

The virtual exchange on Meet the Press between former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Professor Michael Eric Dyson in November of 2014 is a prime example*.   While discussing the recently decided grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri’s Michael Brown case, Giuliani commented, 

“We Are Talking About The Exception Here…
We Are Talking About The Significant Exception…” -Giuliani

Giuliani's use of "exception" to describe the lives lost at the hands of law enforcement officials is troubling, to say the least. The men who have been murdered without cause or due process were no "exception" to the mothers that bore them for nine months, the children who now live life with no father, and certainly no exception to the countless friends and loved ones who mourn them daily.

The Movement

The book ExceptionAL: Black Men Leading, Living, and Loving challenges the current narrative by presenting the positive images and narratives of 32 Black men. 

The ExceptionAL Project, an extension of the text, seeks to promote sustained solutions focused dialogue that results in real change such as implicit bias training.  Further, The ExceptionAL Project aims to ensure that images and narratives like the ones in the book are seen and read across our country and ultimately throughout our world. 

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GOAL 1.

Engaging in Sustained Solutions Focused Dialogue with Key Stakeholders.  Looks like…12 City Speaking Tour

GOAL 2.

Proliferation of Images from ExceptionAL: Black Men Leading, Living and Loving.  Looks like…25,000 copies sold for placement in school, libraries, prisons etc…

GOAL 3.

ExceptionAL…Used as a Resource to Support Implicit Bias Training.  Looks like…curriculum used in schools and by government agencies

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TOUR

Confirmed Cities:

• February 18, 2017 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

• March 17, 2017 - Washington, DC

• April 19, 2017 - Newark, New Jersey

• April 28, 2017 - Austin, Texas

• May 20, 2017 - Detroit, Michigan

• October 20, 2017 - St. Louis/Ferguson, Missouri
 

Projected Cities: (Dates to be Determined)

• Atlanta, Georgia

• Baltimore, Maryland

• Baton Rouge, Lousiana

• Chicago, Illinois

• Miami, Florida

• Houston, Texas

• Los Angeles, California

• Memphis, Tennessee

• New Orleans, Louisiana

Tour


TOUR

Confirmed Cities:

• February 18, 2017 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

• March 17, 2017 - Washington, DC

• April 19, 2017 - Newark, New Jersey

• April 28, 2017 - Austin, Texas

• May 20, 2017 - Detroit, Michigan

• October 20, 2017 - St. Louis/Ferguson, Missouri
 

Projected Cities: (Dates to be Determined)

• Atlanta, Georgia

• Baltimore, Maryland

• Baton Rouge, Lousiana

• Chicago, Illinois

• Miami, Florida

• Houston, Texas

• Los Angeles, California

• Memphis, Tennessee

• New Orleans, Louisiana

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