Two members of the Afro-American Newspaper’s family, Edgar Brookins, the general manager for the Washington D.C. office, and reporter Hamil Harris were honored by The Made Man initiative on Sept. 22.

The AFRO’s Washington D.C. office General Manager Edgar Brookins and veteran AFRO reporter Hamil Harris were honored by The Made Man initiative on Sept. 22. (Photos by Rob Roberts)

The Made Man, a national multi-market, multi-tiered corporate and community initiative, honors men in communities throughout the United States for their leadership, achievement in their respective fields and significant contributions to community empowerment.

The “Honoring Industry Leaders & Influencers Red Carpet Reception” at the Nigerian Embassy in Northwest D.C. served as part of the initiative’s year-long, 11-city tour to acknowledge hundreds of Black men who are making a difference for underserved Black male youth and young adults. The event was sponsored by The100 Black Men of America and Blueprint Global Group, an entertainment and sports events agency.

“Being honored with all these other brothers, who are exceptional, outstanding, [and] professional, feels wonderful,” Brookins told the AFRO.  

According to the initiative’s website, it has collected and donated more than13,000 suits and provided more than 5,700 scholarships to young Black men. The initiative also offers mentoring workshops, networking and business development opportunities to underserved youth and young adults.  

The celebration was held in conjunction with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 47 Annual Legislative Conference from Sept. 20-24. The initiative is scheduled to hold its next reception in Detroit, Mich. on Sept. 28.