Mayor's Office of Black Male Engagement

Transforming the narrative for men and boys of color in Philadelphia.

Mayor’s Office of Black Male Engagement

What we do

The Mayor’s Office of Black Male Engagement (OBME) works to close the opportunity divide for men and boys of color. We strive to better the communities where they live and reduce the economic and social disparities that affect them.

Our work is inclusive. We also serve Latino, Asian, immigrant, and other populations of men and boys in Philadelphia.

OBME supports the efforts of the Mayor’s Commission on African American Males. We also coordinate My Brother’s Keeper Philadelphia, a program that aims to dismantle systems of inequality. OBME is part of the larger Office of Public Engagement.

Brotherly Love: Health of Black Men and Boys in Philadelphia lays the groundwork for health care providers, city officials, city residents, and other stakeholders to develop actionable next steps to improve health outcomes for the city’s Black men and boys.

The 2018 Spotlight Guide is a magazine based on the Spotlight Series, an interview series produced by the Office of Black Male Engagement which strives to showcase and raise the visibility of positive Black men in Philadelphia. The Spotlight Guide features Black men who are leaders in various industries across the city.


City Hall
Room 115
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Our programs

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  • Dec
    We See You Brother, Holiday Dinner
    5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
    Chosen 300 Ministries Inc, 1116 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA 19123, USA

    We See You Brother, Holiday Dinner

    December 13, 2019
    5:30 pm to 8:00 pm, 3 hours
    Chosen 300 Ministries Inc, 1116 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA 19123, USA

    On December 13th The Mayor’s Office of Black MaleEngagement will host its 3rd MBK Action Academy in partnership with the Mayor’sCommission on African American Males, The Men of Color Resource Group andChosen 300 ministries.  The “We See You,Brother” Dinner is designed to remind our homeless men of Philadelphia they arenot forgotten this holiday season by serving them a delicious holidaymeal.  There are so many factors that cancause homelessness – poverty, falling out of support systems, mental illness,and even tragic accidents.  The holidayscan be a very traumatic and lonely time for our homeless Brothers.  We are expecting 250 men in attendance, and welook forward to serving each of them with the honor and dignity they deserve.We See you, Brother.

  • Dec
    The Longest Night
    6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
    Room 201, City Hall (Conversation Hall)

    The Longest Night

    December 20, 2019
    6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, 2 hours
    Room 201, City Hall (Conversation Hall)
    Some people experience heightened grief, disappointment, stress, loneliness, anxiety, and anger during the holidays. This short gathering is an opportunity to acknowledge the variety of complicated feelings our community is holding amidst the hustle and bustle of the season.  

    Join Reverend Naomi Washington-Leapheart, Director of Faith-based and Interfaith Affairs, the Office of Public Engagement, and Mayor Kenney on Friday, December 20, at 6:30 p.m. for some music, readings, community. Together we'll enjoy an evening of reflection, comfort, and hope. The free event will take place inside of City Hall in Room 201 (Conversation Hall).  

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Eric Westbrook

Prior to becoming the new Director for the Office of Black Male Engagement, Eric spent seven years of his career at the Community College of Philadelphia, where he worked to improve graduation and retention rates for male students of color. He coordinated the recruitment efforts for the Center for Male Engagement, partnering with dozens of schools, community-based organizations, businesses, and nonprofit agencies.

With nearly 20 years of experience in social service, Eric understands the need of bridging individuals and communities to the necessary resources. He brings a wide range of skill in strategic planning and networking, as well as an eternal optimism from life coaching, supervising after-school programs, and direct service work.


Name Job title Phone #
Octavius L. Blount Coordinator for Mayor's Office of Black Male Engagement
(215) 686-0811
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