The Brothers’ Network was founded in 2007 by Gregory T Walker in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is a non-profit organization with a focus on creating a new narrative around the abilities of men of the African Diaspora through high art and high culture. The Brothers’ Network continues in its 7th year being funded for its work through the prestigious Knight Foundation and individual donors around the world. Their current headquarters is in Philadelphia's Pipeline Office. The early construct of the group took the form of a reading circle, exploring the works of James Baldwin, Frantz Fanon, W.E.B. DuBois, and Hilton Chatterley. They also engaged in discourse and dialogue around lofty subjects including the pedagogy of oppression and the marginalization of the African-American body. Walker remained adamant that the conversations should not focus on the deficits, but stay keenly focused on the assets that the Black mind brings to the international platform.
The first formal event hosted by The Brothers’ Network occurred in the lower mezzanine of the Arts Condo Tower, located just off the Avenue of the Arts and was chronicled on the front page of the Philadelphia Inquirer in an article titled “The Brothers' Network Was Created for Brainy Philadelphia Guys”. That meeting set the course to build platforms that expose the talents and abilities of everyday black men. The founder, Gregory T Walker, conceptualized an organization that would frame the brilliance of men of the African Diaspora using high art and high culture. To date The Brothers’ Network has coordinated over 300 events that were funded by individual donations and in-kind support from men and women around the world who believe in our ability to change the narrative and create platforms to tell the stories of excellence using high art and high culture. The biggest projects to date have been producing and supporting the work of August Wilson, Colman Domingo, Daniel Beaty, and Katori Hall. Each year The Brothers’ Network chooses themes that reflect and amplify how the black man’s mind is superior in managing and navigating racism in a larger context. In 2013, The Brothers’ Network selected the theme of the story of Henry "Box" Brown, an enslaved African who shipped himself to freedom in a wooden box right under the eyes of his white slave masters from Virginia to Philadelphia. The Brothers’ Network explored the “The Box” as the artistic reference point to share the story of Henry “Box” Brown and his accomplishments as a writer, essayist, thinker, playwright and showman not only in the United States but also in Europe in 1871.
The Brothers' Network is committed to its vision of expanding "the possibility of possibilities" for African-Americans by using high art and culture to highlight the complexity and brilliance of Black artists, innovators, and intellectuals.
We are a cultural organization that amplifies the brilliance of Black Men in the arts. We provide innovative approaches that create new societal norms.
The Brothers' Network serves as a valuable, respected and respectful medium through which positive contributions and representations of African American men are highlighted in creative and instructive ways through the arts.
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The Brothers' Network is a cultural organization that amplifies the brilliance of black men in the arts and culture. Through this work we debunk existing myths and misconceptions about a singular lens of who and what black men are in contemporary society.