We Make Us Better- Inspiring Black Men in Bed-Stuy

“We’re about encouraging males to be involved, because you don’t see men in their 20s, 30s and 40s involved in the community anymore, so we’re trying to bridge that gap.”

Wow!! Utica Avenue…., Brooklyn, Bed-Stuy, East NY……. My home.

I have to repost this out of thanks and to show an example of what real men do. This is one of my old neighborhoods on top of all else… I don’t know these men but I hope they know how grateful I am they exist, and how inspiring they are…   


There’s no monetary gain, or political affiliation with the men of “We Make Us Better” the only agenda they have is simply to do what’s right. In response to a string of muggings and robberies, once a week these homegrown Bed-Stuy men walk pedestrians home from the Utica Avenue train station. The idea for the group came after 41 year old Richard Beavers received a call in the middle of the night from a friend who had been robbed.
“She was on her way home, came out of the Utica Ave. A train station and made it onto her block when a group of young males approached her and robbed her,” recalled Beavers to The New York Daily News. I decided we can’t have these people terrorizing our young women and children, and we’re not speaking up and making our presence felt.”

Beavers then enlisted the help of co-founder Thomas Simms and 35-year-old Kareem Varlack. They took on the name “We Make Us Better” in hopes to impart wisdom to other young black men in the neighborhood.

“We’re about encouraging males to be involved, because you don’t see men in their 20s, 30s and 40s involved in the community anymore, so we’re trying to bridge that gap.”

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