The Black Achievement Fund

400 West Peachtree St. NW

Suite 4-730

Atlanta, GA 30308

info@baf.solutions

Members Needed to Reach Our Goal!

LEADERSHIP

 

African Americans were enslaved for almost 200 years under the Republican Party, the Democratic Party, the Whig Party, the No-Nonsense Party and every other political party of significance. While Black political leadership has, and continues to play an important role in the fight for economic equality and racial justice, we must concede that it is not enough to bring about Black liberation, and in many ways is antithetical to Black self-determination.

 

Black people need independent leadership that is focused solely on the needs of Black people, is paid for by Black people, and accountable only to Black people. The Black Achievement Fund is here to provide this leadership. We have adopted an organizational structure that is not centered on a charismatic leader, and is fully supported by Black dollars. More importantly, BAF members have a direct voice in how funds are allocated and can petition for a "no confidence vote" against the President or any Senior Executive Officer.

The BAF will be led by a 15-member Board of Directors and its President, Arkee Hodges (bio below). Together they will create a leadership team featuring the brightest minds in Black America. During the campaign we will be adding and announcing board members and actively recruiting our Executive Team. BAF leadership will serve with integrity and fully embrace the BAF’s Guiding Principles as they work to bring our programs and initiatives to life.  

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"Neither the Republican nor Democratic Party can do for the colored race what they can do for themselves."

– Henry McNeal Turner

FOUNDER

Arkee Hodges is a historian, educator, entrepreneur, and visionary leader. He is the Founder and President of the Black Achievement Fund and also Founder and President of Education for Life Academy (EFLA). EFLA is an education company that offers an online African history curriculum that begins with the origins of humanity in Africa 200,000 years ago - not slavery. EFLA also offers onsite classes in Black history for middle and high school students as well as a Summer Learning & Leadership Academy. Prior

to founding EFLA and BAF, Mr. Hodges was a professor at John Jay College for Criminal Justice in Manhattan, and New York City College of Technology in Brooklyn where he taught the courses: Race and Ethnicity in America, the African AmericanExperience, and the Sociology of Urban Poverty. 

 

Prior to these positions, Mr. Hodges served as the inaugural Director of the Children's Aid Society's (CAS) African American Male Initiative (AAMI), a groundbreaking academic, social and mentoring program for boys in Harlem developed in partnership with Columbia University's Teachers' College and its Institute for Urban and Minority Education. Conceptualized in 2005 by CAS with the help of a Study Group of Experts led by Dr. Edmund Gordon, Professor Emeritus Yale University, and Professor Emeritus, Columbia Teacher's College, the AAMI aims to improve the social, emotional and academic outcomes of African American males in Harlem beginning in the 2nd grade, by offering a comprehensive array of support services that include a personal Life Coach, one-on-one academic tutoring from Columbia Teachers’ College students, a Saturday cultural academy on the campus of Columbia Teacher's College, weekly sessions with a licensed psychologist, and a parent education and leadership component. The Initiative is serving to model new approaches to ensure Black male achievement, and has already developed promising practices for the field.  

 

Previously, Mr. Hodges worked for a series of New York City-based nonprofit organizations including the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture – the largest repository of Black arts and letters in the world, and Echoing Green – the premier seed funder for social entrepreneurs seeking to build new organizations devoted to social change. Mr. Hodges has also served as a development and business consultant for several nonprofit organizations and for-profit ventures.  

 

For his graduate thesis, Mr. Hodges studied the Black Liberation Movement from its genesis in enslavement to the present, analyzing the effectiveness of the philosophies of Black Nationalism, Integration and Electoral Politics, and Communism and Socialism. He also studied the dynamics of Black leadership and the politics of Movement and Institution building.  

 

Mr. Hodges received his B.A. in African-American Studies from the University of Virginia, and his M.A. in Africana Studies from Cornell University. Mr. Hodges also completed a course on Organizational Management at the Johnson Graduate School of Business at Cornell University. Outside of his professional experience, Mr. Hodges enjoys traveling, real estate investing, and horticulture.  His research interests include ancient African history, Black liberation ideologies and economic theory. 

Favorite Quotes

"The greatest weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the minds of the oppressed."

- Steve Biko

"I never let school get in the way of my education."

- Mark Twain

Favorite Books

  • Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison

  • The Trouble They Seen: The Story Of Reconstruction In The Words Of African Americans, edited by Dorothy Sterling

  • 48 Laws of Power, Robert Greene

  • Strength to Love, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Race First: The Ideological and Organizational Struggles of Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association, Tony Martin

  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley

CO-FOUNDER

paralegal and office manager for Bonjean Law Group and Harrison Trading Group Company’s satellite office in New York. During his time at Bonjean Law Group, Mr. Powell worked to represent defendants in criminal and civil rights abuse cases. He also was personal and office assistant to the founders of both Harrison Trading Group and Bonjean Law Group.

 

Previously, Mr. Powell worked for the Bronx Defenders, one of the premier public defenders offices in the country. During his time at the Bronx Defenders, Mr. Powell helped support five attorneys in representing indigent clients, providing them some of the best representation in the country.

 

Upon leaving college, Mr. Powell helped found a roofing company with his father that employed all people of color and guaranteed all staff an hourly rate 15% higher than any roofing company in the region. After this Mr. Powell became a substitute teacher in his hometown, teaching grades K-12, bilingual classes and special needs classes.

 

Mr. Powell received his B.A. in Government from the University of Virginia, and his M.A. in Educational Leadership from Concordia University. Mr. Powell enjoys traveling, drawing, and reading.

Favorite Quotes

"The greatest weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the minds of the oppressed."

- Steve Biko

"I never let school get in the way of my education."

- Mark Twain

Favorite Books

  • By Any Means, Malcolm X​

  • Strength to Love, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.​

  • The Prophet, Khalil Gibran​

  • The Philosophies & Opinions of Marcus Garvey, edited by Amy Jaques-Garvey​

  • A People’s History of the United States, Howard Zinn​

  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley

  • The Age of Reason, Thomas Paine

  • Democracy In America, Alexis de Tocqueville

TRANSPARENCY

The BAF will be fully transparent in all of its activities and operate according to federal law.  Through the completion of the required IRS Federal Form 990, the BAF will make public its financial records, principal programmatic activities and officers’ compensation package.

 

Furthermore, every year the BAF will produce an annual report available to BAF members that will highlight all of the organization’s yearly accomplishments and provide a listing of all the BAF assets as well as an audited financial statement from an independent accounting firm.  In addition, the BAF is open to answering all reasonable questions from its stakeholders, and will willingly provide information about the nature of its activities, including but not limited to governance, finance, program, and outcome measures upon request.