Just Brothers, designed for men, was actually indirectly inspired by a woman. My wife Mrs. Natasha Bryant to be specific. We both noted how seemingly the very smartest, brightest, most accomplished Afican-American men, really don’t ‘know’ each other.
We see each other out at public and invitation-only events, and charity and community events — but we don’t ‘know’ each other.
We shake hands, and we talk about our careers and jobs, but we don’t ‘know’ each other.
We talk about opportunity, but seldom with each other – because we don’t ‘know’ to trust each other.
We wave across the room, and we send each other holiday cards, but we don’t ‘know’ each other.
We talk at each other, but rarely with each other — in a state of vulnerability — because we don’t really ‘know’ each other.
There’s no real relationship. And as a result of that, we not only keep each other at arm’s length, worse still we either don’t trust many, or we treat everything with a degree of distant formality. And the real loser here is not the guy across the room, whom we really don’t know. It’s ourselves. Because we have not only robbed ourselves of the true value of A real and trusted friend and friendship, we are keeping so much of ourselves, to ourselves. We end up trusting no one, and opening up to no one. This is just not healthy, nor can you build up either yourself or community this way.
Just Brothers was developed by me and a group of leaders from Atlanta, in an an effort to end this breach of ‘the spirit.’ The 2014 season of Just Brothers exceeded all expectations, and we are honored to roll out a rich and substantive plan for 2015 to Members of Just Brothers.
Membership in Just Brothers is by invitation-only, and the Coordinating Committee for Just Brothers consist of entrepreneur Thomas Dortch, national small business advocate Cassius Butts, and public leaders the Honorable Ceasar Mitchell and the Honorable John Eaves.
Members include former mayors, sitting elected officials, representatives from both sides of the political aisle, business leaders, CEOs, entrepreneurs, faith-based leaders, academic leaders, media and entertainment leaders, NBA Hall of Famers and more.
Today Just Brothers opened its first organizational bank account at Citizens Trust Bank, the only Black owned bank in Atlanta. The same bank, where Martin Luther King, Sr. (Daddy King) served on the board of directors for more than 40 years.
There is more to come, but for now — we are simply introducing…Just Brothers. Learn more and keep abreast of what we are up to on the Bryant Group Ventures website here. And if you want to be a Member, find a Member, to consider your nomination.
Okay, let’s go.
John Hope Bryant