Concerned Black Men, Inc. of Philadelphia "Caring for our youth" ...since 1975
CBM Pledge 

We are Concerned Black Men. Our motto is “Caring for Our Youth.” We are Black Men of integrity who endeavor to exemplify the following characteristics: cultural awareness, economic independence, emotional, intellectual, physical and spiritual strength. 

We pledge to develop and instill these qualities in our youth. 

We pledge to continue the struggle of our ancestors and be positive role models dedicated to community service. 
We pledge to love, teach, respect and help our youth, and to leave a legacy that establishes a foundation which encourages young people to realize their true potential as future leaders. 
We pledge that we will promote and honor institutions dedicated to preserving our families and communities. 

We pledge to nurture and develop our most precious resource ...our youth.

Mission Statement 
To develop and present youth in our community, with programs and activities that motivate, educate and build self-esteem. 

The objectives and purposes of this corporation shall be to serve as a catalyst in which African American men, groups, churches, public and private organizations can establish and maintain an effective communication with minority youth. Most importantly, to aid the youth in coming together as "One unified Community."




Historical Background

Louis Abrams
Harvey L. Crudup
Charles Harris*
Stephen Lyles, Sr.
Charles R. Patton*

Concerned Black Men Inc. (CBM) is a nonprofit volunteer organization, which was founded in 1975. Five police officers decided to address an escalating gang problem by organizing modest programs, such as dances for young people in the community. Their goal was to provide positive activities and to encourage students to excel. Today the organization has thirty-five members. These thirty-five members have diverse interests and backgrounds. Collectively they have come together to volunteer their time and financial resources for children.

 CBM sponsors college tours to Historical Black Colleges (HBC) and Universities; a chess Program; and African America History Bee, a Youth Mentoring Program and a Science Program. We also Sponsor an Annual Youth Recognition Awards Banquet. 

In 1985, CBM was awarded the prestigious "Presidents Volunteer Action Award" by the President of the United States. The award was given for consistently providing positive programs and services to the community and children in particular. 

Concerned Black Men Inc. is a national organization with chapters in Los Angles, CA; Sacramento, CA; San Bernardino County, CA; Washington, DC; Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; South Bend, IN; New Orleans, LA; Baltimore, MD; Calvert County, MD; Prince Georges County, MD; Cape Cod and the Islands, MA; CBM of MA (Boston); Detroit, MI; Gloucester County, NJ; Burlington Co., NJ; Trenton, NJ; New York City, NY; Mansfield, OH; Columbus, OH; Lancaster, PA; Philadelphia, PA: Columbia, SC; Dallas, TX; Brazos Valley, TX; Lufkin, TX; Northern, VA; Petersburg, VA; Richmond, VA; Seattle, WA; Charleston, WV and Pretoria, South Africa 

Membership Requirements

Membership Application (Print)

Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance Form (Print) 

Pennsylvania State Police Request For Criminal Record Check Form (Print)