Brothers Empowered to Teach Initiative (BE2T), a startup focused on incentivizing men of color to become educators, today announced it will host To ED, With Love on Friday, February 27th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Propeller. In its inaugural year, this community-driven event is designed to raise the awareness of the need for BE2T's work and to highlight the achievement of men in the community working to make real change. The event will also kick off an Indie Go-Go crowd-funding campaign to raise $15,000 for BE2T's 2015 Fellowship class, fresh on the heels of the organization's win at the PitchNOLA 2015: Community Solutions competition. The festive “party with a purpose” will feature entertainment by DJ Raj Smoov and a special appearance by New Orleans native, teacher-turned Hip-Hop artist, Dee1. Brothers Empowered to Teach is a sponsored project of Neighborhoods Partnership Network.
The 2015 To ED, With Love honorees were chosen because of their commitment and represent an intergenerational approach to improving the lives of black men and boys in New Orleans. They include: Lloyd Dennis, Founder and Executive Director, The Silverback Society; Brandon "BMike" Odums, Artist and Curator, ExhibitBE; and Wild Wayne, Youth Advocate and Iconic Radio Personal, WQUE-FM, Q93.3. The awards will also present the "Real Bruh" special recognition to Willie Horton, an impactful male teacher of color at Andrew H. Wilson Elementary School.
Tickets for To ED, With Love are $10 and can be purchased through EventBrite.com. To learn more about Brothers Empowered To Teach, visit www.be2t.org.