By partnering with organizations, schools, and leaders throughout to collaborate resources and platforms, we seek to produce impactful programming for boys and men of color. And ultimately achieve the vision of becoming a global movement that builds bonds between generations.
Today, you can join Hello, My Name is KING through one or more of the three available avenues.
First, partnering with HMNK to host one of our staple events.
Second, by implementing the HMNK course or obtain a HMNKbutton to spread awareness and the HMNK message in your school or community.
And lastly, add your information the Hello, My Name is KING listserv to volunteer at an event or partner forum.
HMNK 5 Annual Projects/Events:
We kick our year off with service with the Martin Luther King Day of Service in January. HMNK volunteers and supporters to give back and learn more about their local neighborhoods. The focus of the MLK Service Day is to mobilize leaders and inform participants with the knowledge they can carry forth through the remaining of the year.
In February, we partner with organizations to host Sankofa. Participants follow the principles of Black history to find their name and become inspired to make a positive mark in the world. This program takes an innovative approach to Black History Month with the intended outcome of making Black History relevant to all racial/ethnic backgrounds and ages.
During June, we seek to build bonds with the HMNK Father's Day event. The afternoon celebrates fathers of color and gives them time away from the world to spend with their family and familial alike. This family event is open to all and is interactive.
Youth and the importance education is the objective of HMNK’s Back School event in August. Past initiatives include the scholarship program and school supply drive. This year HMNK is looking to do more by joining school staff and administration in welcoming back students. A great opportunity for those who do not have a lot of time to commit, but still are inspired to do their part.
Our final event of the year is Hello, My Name is KING Day on October 16th (the same day as 1995 Million Man March). An annual celebration of Black male excellence, on this day participants, wear a Hello My Name is KING Button on October 16th and pledge a selfless act. The selfless act can be anything for anyone; family, friends, neighborhood, etc. As an ending celebration, we will host a Hello, My Name is KING Day Ceremony that includes our signature balloon release ceremony, art, music, and a compelling panel discussion with local leaders.