MBLI Mississippi Black Leadership Institute

What is the Mississippi Black Leadership Institute (MBLI)?
MBLI is a community of scholars, elected officials, business leaders, and community organizers that work together to share ideas and solutions in addition to providing access to other local, emerging professionals and political leaders working toward progressive change.
The goal of MBLI is to expand a statewide network of progressive leaders who are able to advance an agenda of equity for marginalized Mississippians whose voices are often underrepresented.
Objectives of MBLI
  • To strategize to provide solutions to current cultural, economic, political, and social issues affecting people of color
  • To create a network of progressive leadership across Mississippi
  • To encourage civic engagement and political positioning
  • To develop participants' leadership, critical thinking and analytical skills
  • To stimulate and promote an appreciation for our black legacy
Why is MBLI necessary?

Born out of a need to ensure the legacy of progress for African Americans and other minorities in Mississippi was not lost to future generations, MBLI opens doors for emerging professional and community leaders by providing information, access, and, support.

Who are MBLI participants?

MBLI participants are also connected to a state-wide network of individuals from all sectors of life be it business, governmental, community, or religious associations. This "inter-connectivity" promotes active collaboration development of long-term relationships.

Of those who have participated in and completed the MBLI program, 23% are serving in elected offices, 17% are in appointed offices, and another 23% have been or are serious candidates for elected offices. In the past two years, of the newly elected African American state legislators, 40% were MBLI alumni.
How is MBLI implemented?

MBLI members commit to a nine - month long series of sessions during which the will study curriculum exposing them to a wide range of topics. This curriculum includes topics such as: civic engagement, public policy, effective governance, state history, and relationship building. Participants are educated using models of work, expert panels and a variety of texts.

Tabbotha Adams Jones, Entreprenuer
"Since completing MBLI in 2015, I completed Leadership Lauderdale 2016; started a summer youth program, which was granted 10,000 dollars; and established Women of Wisdom, a mentor-ship program for young ladies ages 12 to 15. Thank you MBLI for seeing the movement and the power in being a registered voter as being greater than one can imagine."
Scott Colom, Attorney
"Through MBLI, I learned about Mississippi politics and developed important relationships and friendships."
Johnny Jones, Higher Education Dean
MBLI helped me to understand various political landscapes, leadership training, goal setting, and positive collegiate interactions.
Venus Bingham, Social Worker
"Every person that has a desire to know more about the roots and underlying conditions of the African American culture especially those of us in the state of Mississippi should have the opportunity to sit in on MBLI sessions. It is invaluable!"

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