Rochester Black Men Achieve Awards to Celebrate 2019 Nominees

pictured above are the 2019 Awardees

Rochester Black Men Achieve Award winners will be announced today at the 2019 Rochester Black Men Achieve (Roc BMA) Awards Black Tie Gala, to be held at 5 p.m., Saturday, April 20 at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester River-side Convention Center.

The gala is co-sponsored by the University of Rochester, 1039 WDKX, the City of Rochester, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Eric and Michelle Daniels, the Rochester Area Community Foundation and Trillium Health.

Awards are given to men and organizations in recognition of their efforts and achievements in more than two dozen categories covering social justice, philanthropy, business, public service and more.

The Man of the Year Award is the highest honor awarded to an individual who has exemplified excellence and inspires others through vision and leadership, exceptional achievements, philanthropy and participation in community service. Awardees are nominated by the general public and a selection committee votes for finalists in each category.

Following a sold-out inaugural event attended by more than 600 guests, the Rochester Black Men Achieve Awards returns for its 2nd annual fundraising gala to recognize and honor men and young men of color for their outstanding commitment to excellence in our community.

The black-tie affair will be hosted by local comedian and actor Joél James and features live entertainment provided by Divine Nature, R. Jerome, Jeames Graham and more.

“It is my hope that by honoring the accomplishments of Rochester’s African American men and young men, this unique platform will uplift, empower and encourage our brothers — cultivating leaders, motivating and inspiring our youth and igniting a spark inspiring true change in our city,” said event founder Jermayne Myers.

The annual gala raises funds to provide an array of year-round mentorship opportunities and community service projects offered by Black Men Achieve of Rochester, aimed at improving the overall health, well-being and life outcomes for men and young men of color.

Programs include Mentors & Movies, Career Spotlight Program, men’s health & wellness workshops and the Conversations with a Leader Forums, in partnership with the City of Rochester My Brother’s Keeper Initiative. Follow Black Men Achieve of Rochester on Facebook for upcoming event postings.For more information on the Rochester Black Men Achieve Awards, and to purchase tickets, visit or call (585) 310-2822.