Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

Central Brooklyn Martin Luther King Commission

  • Brooklyn, NY
  • www.cbmlkcommission.org

Mission Statement

Founded by the late Congressman Major Owens, the Commission's mission is to promote critical thinking about social justice through examinations of the life and work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Main Programs

  1. Annual Essay, Poetry, Art & Speech Contests
  2. MLK Commission College Prep Program

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Service Areas

Self-reported

New York

The Commission primarily serves youth and their families who reside within the Borough of Brooklyn (County of Kings) in New York City.

ruling year

1995

President since 2015

Self-reported

Mr. Christopher R. Owens

Chair, Development Committee since 2015

Self-reported

Ms. Linda Gaddy

Keywords

Self-reported

youth, education, advocacy, expression, arts, urban, non-violence, peace, justice, equity

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EIN

11-3133360

 Number

6153048843

Also Known As

Martin Luther King Commission

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Intergroup/Race Relations (R30)

Leadership Development (W70)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Annual Essay, Poetry, Art & Speech Contests

The Commission sponsors an annual essay, poetry and art contest for Brooklyn's elementary, middle and high school students. A speech contest has been added for 11th Grade students.

The contest asks participants to draw upon the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. when addressing the challenges of today -- and to include their own perspectives in their work.

Winners receive public recognition and a cash award. Most importantly, they have a priceless experience as part of their lives. In its 31-year history, more than 10,000 students have participated in the Commission’s contests and other activities. More than $200,000 in cash awards and prizes have been distributed to participating students

Critical thinking about the struggle to achieve social justice is critically important for the young people of today.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$15,000

Program 2

MLK Commission College Prep Program

The Central Brooklyn Martin Luther King Commission is partnering with the YWCA of Brooklyn to expand the scope of our College Prep Program. We meet on selected Saturdays, starting September 12, 2015, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the YWCA of Brooklyn, 30 Third Avenue at Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, New York.

For more complete information, call 347-599-2061
or send an email to cbmlkcommission@gmail.com.

The Commission has contracted with Ms. Judee Rosenbaum, former English teacher and Scholarship Adviser at the Brooklyn College Academy High School, to be the Coordinating Supervisor of our 2015-2016 College Prep Program.

The Commission's College Prep Program includes working directly with 35 students (and their parents, when appropriate) to address the following:

Understand and complete college applications
Write college essays
Prepare for college interviews
Apply for scholarships and financial aid
And more ...

The College Prep Team will advocate with appropriate institutions to help our students secure college admissions and funding.

​ The program is free to the schools and families that participate.

The Commission wishes to thank the YWCA of Brooklyn for its partnership in this endeavor and its general support of the Commission's work.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$5,000

Service Areas

Self-reported

New York

The Commission primarily serves youth and their families who reside within the Borough of Brooklyn (County of Kings) in New York City.

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Central Brooklyn Martin Luther King Commission

Leadership

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President

Mr. Christopher R. Owens

Chair, Development Committee

Ms. Linda Gaddy

BIO

Education

Princeton University The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Master of Public Affairs and Urban & Regional Planning

Harvard University
Bachelor of Arts: Sociology

Employment

2014 - Present Office of the Kings County District Attorney: Kenneth P. Thompson
Position: Director, Bureau of Youth Diversion & Re-Entry Programs

2013 - 2014 Chris Owens & Associates
Position: Founder, Owner, President

2011 - 2013 Advocates For Justice, A Public Interest Organization
Position: Executive Director (Interim)

2007 - 2010 BELL – Building Educated Leaders for Life
Position: NY Tri-State Regional Director

Community Activities / Public Service

1985 - Present Central Brooklyn Martin Luther King Commission, Inc. / www.cbmlkcommission.org

2008 - 2014 Brooklyn Scholars Charter School
Position: Founding Member & Treasurer, Board of Trustees

1993 - 2003 Weeksville Heritage Center
Positions: Member, Board of Trustees. President, Board of Trustees (1998-2003).

1993 - 1999 Community School Board, Community School District 13, Brooklyn, NY
Positions: Member, President (1996-1997).

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Christopher Owens

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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No

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Senior Staff, Full-Time Staff, Part-Time Staff and Volunteers.
Race & Ethnicity
This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Senior Staff, Full-Time Staff, Part-Time Staff and Volunteers.
Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Senior Staff, Full-Time Staff, Part-Time Staff and Volunteers.

Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
Yes
We use other methods to support diversity
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
Our organization, being small, is always looking to identify new potential Board members across all demographic categories. In the past, the Commission has targeted communities of African descent for its work and for the Board -- though there have always been white Board members, for example. At this time, as the Commission enters a new phase of its existence and work, a renewed effort to diversify the Board is underway.