The mission of CBM is to provide a holistic approach to services which support and strengthen the African-American family, and which specifically targets African-American youth. To establish a concerned male presence within the community with respect to positive role models and exposure to social cultural, educational, spiritual, business, and community linkages.
The Concerned Black Men (CBM) of Calvert County came into existence nearly five years ago following an informal discussion held by African-American men in the county. The organization is proud to announce that it was granted its charter at the CBM national conference, which was held in Crystal City, Virginia on May 17, 1997. The local CBM chapter boasts a membership of more than 50 men from all walks of life. These men are dedicated to the betterment of their community through mentoring and development of programs that bolster the self-esteem and education of youth.
The National Organization of the Concerned Black Men was founded in 1975 by five African-American men. The CBM concept has grown from those five men to more than 300 men nationwide, distributed among 14 chapters. In 1985, CBM was the only African-American organization in the U.S. to receive the prestigious "Volunteer Action Award," granted by the President of the United States, Ronald Reagan.