Ardre Orie: How I Will Empower 100 Black Men
In January of 2019 , she launched a literary campaign in order to help 100 black male authors get published called 'The 100 Seeds Of Promise'
She founded the initiative in direct response to her observations of living in a system that routinely sparks controversy due to it's treatment of black men.
Often, the most dominant voices during these highly charged incidents belong to those with the most clout i.e. big, well established news conglomerates with deep pockets, that can shape the events in the media how they wish.
The result of this leads to skewed and biased perceptions of black men that are hard to counter without balanced commentary from the men most affected.
Like Adre says-
"If we don't document our stories, these most valuable blueprints for those who come after us will cease to exist. I am ever saddened by the fact that the voice of the black man is often silenced through acts of crime, brutality and injustice. Our stories must be told"
The 100 Seeds Of Promise aims to empower these men through literature. Men who have been put to the sword, but whose pens may prove to be mightier.