My Brother My Sister
2019 Anisfield-Wolf Memorial Award Winner
The 2019 winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Memorial Award is My Brother My Sister!
My Brother My Sister is a program that helps young people of color stay in school, graduate and go on to college. It will be recognized with this year’s Anisfield-Wolf award for its outstanding community service.
My Brother My Sister will receive this award at the Celebration of Human Services, get your tickets today!
The award is presented annually by the Cleveland Foundation and The Center for Community Solutions.
My Brother My Sister was created by Malcolm Burton in 2008 when he was 16-years-old while attending Copley High School in Akron. Burton noticed that many of his peers—especially young African-American men—spent more time in detention than in class, so he began to organize group sessions where teens could use hip-hop music, movies and other media to openly discuss the challenges and issues they face. The sessions became a support system, and participants started to help each other with homework and other issues. The group eventually began to involve teachers and others to help address concerns. It worked so well that he continued to host the group even after graduating. Learn more here.