Since the doors opened to students in 2011, Richard Wright Public Charter School began implementing the Man The Block Richard Wright Safe Passage Program on a daily basis. Founder, CEO, and Head of School, Dr. Marco Clark, understood the importance and need of connecting communities with schools to create safe environments for children to learn and be successful. The Richard Wright Safe Passage Program was created to provide Safe Passage to and from school by concerted efforts of staff, parents, and volunteers in the community to escort students to metro and bus stops each day.
In 2015, after having implemented the Man The Block Richard Wright Safe Passage Program with success through before and after school posts, as well as bike and pedestrian escorts teams, the Man The Block initiative was expanded through the combined efforts of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. to reach out to the other organizations such as 100 Fathers, Inc., The Honorable Man Campaign, and the Promise Program, to bring attention to the need for concerned individuals and community members to unify and work together to provide encouragement, support, and safety for children traveling to and from school. Hundreds of men of different generations, professions, and backgrounds came out to escort students from school to the metro to ensure safety, deflect harassment, and deter crime and violence, while building relationships and increasing mentorship opportunities.