Recently, on Saturday, June 4, 2016, there was some unusual buzz at Clinton High School led by the principal, Dr. Steven Miller. All this buzz and excitement centered around the rebirth of a campus organization, one that had been established some 24 years earlier in 1992, with the stated objective being “to better serve the needs of Clinton High’s black male student body.”
Back in 1992, led by the wisdom of civil rights activist Frederick Douglass, who said, “it is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men,” the black male faculty members at Clinton High were responsible for the birth of the Black Men’s Organization (BMO). With the mission of enhancing a positive self-image, fostering high black male achievement and developing greater personal responsibility, BMO became one of the school’s most successful student organization, helping many young men develop their full potential and improve their life chances for success.
For myriad reasons, BMO in recent years has suffered a decline, and with the support of Dr. Steven Miller, several founding faculty members, and other concerned community members, BMO is in the process of being reborn, with the expectation that it will inspire young black men to achieve higher and become a model for others.
So, a renaissance event took place at Clinton High School on Saturday, June 4, with the rebirth of BMO. It was a milestone event in the lives of some 40 young black males who were inducted into the Black Men’s Organization, as they witnessed a historic moment in the history of BMO and the high school, itself.
With the principal, Dr. Steven Miller presiding, the even convened at 10 a.m., in the high school auditorium. Dr. Miller reviewed the basic tenets of BMO, introduced the panelists and gave an overview of the event’s agenda. Then, Mr. Luther Moore, one of the founders of the BMO and retired Clinton High guidance counselor shared the organizational history of BMO, citing that its purpose was “to encourage young black men to excel in scholastic achievement, character and behavior.” He further emphasized the importance of the “dignity of being a black male.”
The main highlight on the agenda was the induction of the new BMO members, with the name of each inductee called by Miller, who presented them with a certificate of membership. Each new member, then walked across the stage and shook the hand of former BMO advisors, who were present at the induction.
Following the induction of new members and a short break, the new BMO inductees attended “break-out” sessions dealing with “Secrets You Need to Know Now!” for success. The group sessions were led by Dwight Miller and Carlos Pope; Luther Moore and Larry Sutton; and Ron Moore and Chris Rayner.
In his communications with the many individuals involved with the preparations for the Clinton High BMO induction prior to Saturday, June 4, Principle Dr. Steven Miller stated in part, “I am excited about this Saturday’s BMO Induction and Leadership Seminar. Thank you for agreeing to share your insight and experiences with these young men.” He also emphasized the fact that this induction ceremony was designed to generate discussion and dialogue “as it relates to these young men being successful as they move forward academically and in their general lives.”
While expressing his appreciation to those community members who assisted with the BMO induction, Dr. Miller remarked, “Your voluntary leadership, wisdom and advice is worth its weight in gold.” He concluded by saying, “I am looking forward to a strong start in August of 2016.”
The June 4, 2016 “rebirth” of the Black Men’s Organization (BMO) was capped off with lunch, catered by Mr. Sylvester Wilson of T&T Grill, Clinton.