James Artis III

University of Denver - 2019



Working with high schools and their brotherhood program to help students understand, find and navigate their identity.  

Project: This year I plan on working with high schools and their brotherhood program. I am on the programming board for the new Brotherhood summit thats working with the Cherry Creek School District. Our goal is to help students understand, find and navigate their identity.

Inspiration: My life changed on June 22, 2010. That was the day Micah, my older brother and male role model, was shot. My Puksta Project is informed entirely by what happened that day and in the days since—that’s why I’m devoting myself to ending violence in neighborhoods and areas where it’s prevalent today… and make it history tomorrow.

In these last 4 years over 500 African-American males have been killed by police and law enforcement. We are often misrepresented in mass media as thugs murderers unintelligent and pathetic. These types of ideals add in to why police perceive us as dangerous. I want to dismantle these type idealistic views.

Future Plans for Project: I hope to open the eyes of young black to help them understand their potential and embrace their culture.