100 Black Men of America

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100 Black Men of America
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Formation 1963
Type Service club
Headquarters Atlanta, GA
Membership 10,000
Chairman of the Board Curley M. Dossman, Jr.
Website 100blackmen.org

100 Black Men of America is a men's civic organization and service club whose stated goal is to educate and empower African American children and teens. As of 2009 the organization has 110 chapters and over 10,000 members in different cities in the United States and throughout the world. The organization's mission statement is "to improve the quality of life within our communities and enhance educational and economic opportunities for all African Americans. "[1] The organization’s mottos “real men giving real time” and “what they see is what they’ll be” describe the organization's goals of providing positive role models and leaders to guide the next generation of African Americans and other youth. The members are predominantly African American professionals, businessmen, civic leaders and administrators, educators, as well as people from other walks of life.[2]

History[edit]

The overall concept of the 100 began in New York in 1963 when a group of concerned African American men began to meet to explore ways of improving conditions in their community. The group eventually adopted the name, "100 Black Men, Inc." as a sign of solidarity. These men envisioned an organization that would implement programs designed to improve the quality of life for African Americans and other minorities. They also wished to ensure the future of their communities by aiming an intense number of resources toward youth development. These members were successful black men from various walks of life. These visionaries were business and industry leaders such as David Dinkins, Robert Mangum, Dr. William Hayling, Nathaniel Goldston III, Livingston Wingate, Andrew Hatcher, and Jackie Robinson.

Dr. William Hayling, a member of the NY organization, had relocated to Newark, NJ and sought to replicate the 100's impact in that area. In 1976 Dr. Hayling formed the 100 Black Men of New Jersey. A movement had been born. Men across the country began to form 100 Black Men organizations to leverage their collective talents and resources. Chapters were formed in Los Angeles, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area, Nassau/Suffolk, Alton, and Sacramento.

On September 21, 1983, a three-hour meeting was held at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., among representatives from the Los Angeles, New York, New Jersey, and St. Louis chapters. This meeting was to evaluate the feasibility of establishing a National Organization for 100 Black Men. This meeting was held during the annual weekend meeting of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Representative of St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area, Nassau/Suffolk and Sacramento met for a second time in Las Vegas, May 11–13, 1984, at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel. The men engaged in extensive discussions about the most effective structure to support the growth and governance of 100 Black Men chapters.

The third meeting was held May 16–18, 1986 at the Flamingo Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas. At this meeting it was agreed that the best model for a newly formed national organization was a federation governance model. This model leveraged human and financial resources, and supported chapter growth while preserving chapter autonomy. It was also voted that a National Steering Committee would include the Presidents of each chapter, along with two members from each chapter.

A final meeting was held on October 2, 1986 at the L'Enfant Plaza Hotel in Washington. Chapters represented were: Los Angeles, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Atlanta and New Jersey. The chapters decided that the name of the organization would be: "100 Black Men of America, Inc."

The following individuals were elected as officers:

Dr. William Hayling (Los Angeles) - President Oliver Lofton, Esq. (New Jersey) - Vice-President Moses Gray (Indianapolis) - Secretary Jesse C. Swanigan (St. Louis) - Treasurer

On May 27, 1987, in Atlanta, Georgia, this newly formed organization introduced itself to the nation during its first national conference. Noted speakers included the late Alex P. Haley and the late Honorable Maynard H. Jackson.

In 1989, Nathaniel R. Goldston III became the organization's second National President and grew the organization to 43 chapters. Mr. Goldston used his business acumen and resources to expand the number of chapters and enhancing the organization's infrastructure. Under Mr. Goldston, the organization acquired its first national office and its first Executive Director. Along with Mr. Goldston, Warren Valdrey (Vice President), T.B. Boyd III (Treasurer) and Moses Gray (Secretary) served as elected officers.

In 1994, Thomas W. Dortch Jr. was elected the third National President. That year, he spearheaded an aggressive plan entitled Four For The Future™. Since that time, the organization has strategically channeled its resources toward programs that support these important areas: Mentoring, Education, Health & Wellness, and Economic Development. The 100 has identified these areas as being critical to the future of African Americans.

Along with Mr. Dortch, LeRoy G. Walker, Jr. (Vice President), William L. Wimberly (Vice President), Hon. Roosevelt F. Dorn (Vice President), Lonnie J. Carr (Treasurer), and Albert E. Dotson, Jr. (Secretary). In 1997, under Mr. Dortch's leadership the organization expanded internationally with the chartering of the Birmingham, England chapter. Additional international chapters and interest groups followed including: Nassau Bahamas, Goree Island, Senegal, Kingston, Jamaica, U.S. Virgin Islands, and London, England. It was also in 1997 that the organization purchased its World Headquarters building on historic Auburn Avenue in Atlanta, Georgia. Also, during Mr. Dortch's tenure, the Collegiate 100 was formed to focus the next generation on mentoring.

In 2004, Albert E. Dotson, Jr., Esq. was elected the fourth President/Chairman of the Board and during his inaugural address he recognized the contributions of his predecessors. Dr. Hayling was acknowledged for bringing the various 100 Black Men organizations under the single banner of 100 Black Men of America. Mr. Goldston was recognized for his personal investment of talent and resources that grew the number of chapters focused on the 100’s mission. Mr. Dortch was acknowledged for expanding the organization's resources and building capacity for the 100 to carry out its mission. Chairman Dotson referred to their contributions as the Hayling Harvest, the Goldston Gain and the Dortch Dividend.

The other newly elected officers in 2004 were Curley M. Dossman, Jr. (Vice Chair Operations), Frank Hayes (Vice Chair Finance), Dr. Joshua W. Murfree, Jr. (Vice Chair Programs), John S. Kendall (Vice Chair of Operations) and Anthony B. O'Neill (Secretary). Since 2004, Chairman Dotson has focused the organization on leadership and delivering impactful and innovative programs in each of the Four For The Future areas.

During Dotson’s tenure the 100 launched the Leadership Development Institute (LDI) to provide a vehicle through which members of the 100 could fine tune and enhance their leadership skills. The 100 also created their Community Empowerment Project (CEP) which ensures that the city where the 100 convenes its Annual conference receives a social and societal impact that is sustainable by the community.

From 2006 to 2009, the 100 helped launch the National Cares Mentoring Movement (formerly Essence Cares) to mobilize millions of able African Americans to take the lead in fulfilling our society's spiritual and social responsibility to our children. The 100 expanded its focus on advocacy for responsible public policy, including sponsoring the Internationally broadcast debate on urban issues among Presidential candidates Senator Barack H. Obama, Senator Hillary R. Clinton and Senator John Edwards. The 100 has consistently increased its resources to deliver relevant new programs and enhance signature programs. The organization is moving their mission and strategic direction forward as it implements Mentoring the 100 Way Across a Lifetime sm.

In 2012, Curley M. Dossman, Jr. was elected the fifth President/Chairman of the Board, along with Dr. Joshua W. Murfree, Jr. (Vice Chairman of Operations), Dr. Howard Rasheed (Vice Chairman of Programs), Marvin Dickerson (Vice Chairman of Development), Milton Jones (Vice of Finance), and Dr. Mark Alexander (Secretary).

Today the organization has grown to over 118 chapters with more than 10,000 members who continue to strive to improve the quality of life in our communities and enhance the educational and economic opportunities for African Americans. 100 Black Men of America, Inc. has more than 100,000 youth participants annually in its mentoring and youth development programs. With a mission to improve the quality of life and enhance educational opportunities for African Americans, members of the 100 continue to serve as a strong force in the world by overcoming the cultural and financial obstacles that have limited the achievements of some African Americans, particularly young African American males. Members of the 100 have made outstanding progress, proving that Blacks canand do, excel as corporate leaders, community leaders and as independent business owners.[3]

Organization and membership[edit]

100 Black Men consists of over 118 local chapters (each named after their respective region, e.g., 100 Black Men of New York, 100 Black Men of Atlanta, etc.) 100 Black Men of America is the overarching organization that provides a national governing structure, charters new chapters, and provides for inter-chapter coordination. 100 Black Men is a non-profit 501 c3 organization and has no political or religious affiliations or ties.

Membership procedures vary by chapter; generally speaking members can apply to a local chapter at specific times of the year. Candidates are screened and then interviewed by a panel to ensure that individuals have the character and standing to serve as community role models and youth mentors. Members generally refer to the organization simply as “The 100.”

Programs[edit]

100 Black Men has four principal program areas: Mentoring, Education, Health and Wellness, Economic Development. As of 2009, 100 Black Men has roughly 100,000 students enrolled in its mentoring and outreach programs.

  • Mentoring The organization provides youth mentoring that addresses the emotional and cultural needs of African American children aged 8 – 18. Members are trained to become mentors and advocates for youth who may have few or no other positive role models in their communities. Programs vary from chapter to chapter and range from informal one-on-one mentoring programs to complete youth academies.
  • Education Seeks to provide support services to schools and educators in the form of volunteerism, “teacher for a day” programs and extracurricular activities. This element also works to influence policy set at the local, state, and federal levels to ensure that all youth have equal access to education.
  • Health and Wellness The organization has extensive programs which are designed to encourage physical fitness and healthy eating habits among youth as well as increasing public awareness of the specific health issues and risks facing African Americans (e.g. heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, sickle cell, etc.). 100 Black Men hosts numerous track meets, athletic events, public outreach and health screening events.
  • Economic Development Seeks to empower African American individuals and enterprises through financial literacy training, small business training and seminars, as well as forums to connect African American businesses with each other and to the larger community as a whole.

Recent activities[edit]

In 2009, several leaders of the organization were interviewed by CNN’s T.J. Holmes to discuss their views on President Barack Obama’s first 100 days as US president.[4] 100 Black Men’s Health and Wellness programs were the subject of a news story feature by CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta About how former Surgeon General David Satcher is leading a charge to promote healthy eating among African American youth.[5] CNN also featured a video article on 100 Black Men of Atlanta’s youth “Robotics Team” that is competing on a national and international level.[6]

According to an August 27, 2007, article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 100 Black Men of Western Pennsylvania teamed up with Carnegie Mellon University to provide a 14 week summer program for teenagers to learn about computer science. During the program, which was free to participants, the teenagers learned the basics of computer science, information technology, and the World Wide Web. This is the seventh summer that this program has taken place.[2]

According to a July 9, 2006, article in The New York Times, the 100 Black Men of Long Island Development Group purchased a building that takes up an entire city block. The building used to be a bus terminal. The organization has proposed converting the building into affordable housing, and housing for people with disabilities. Questions about the organization's ability to fund such a project have been raised, however.[7]

According to a May 24, 2004, article in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Bay Area (San Francisco) chapter signed a pledge not to accept funding from tobacco companies.[8]

Partial list of prominent members[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mission Statement from 100blackmen.org
  2. ^ a b 100 Black Men links teens to high-tech Dyer, Ervin for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette August 2007
  3. ^ 100 Black Men About us
  4. ^ "100 Black Men on Obama’s 100 - AOL Video". Archived from the original on 2009-04-29. Retrieved 2009-04-26. 
  5. ^ "CNN.com". CNN. 
  6. ^ Administrator. "CNN Video". Archived from the original on 2009-04-29. Retrieved 2009-04-26. 
  7. ^ DEVELOPMENT; 2 Visions Vie in Hempstead For Former Bus Terminal Gibberd, Ben for the New York Times, July 2006
  8. ^ Black groups reject big tobacco's largesse Local chapters sign pledge to break free of donors' 'hypocrisy' Johnson, Jason for the San Francisco Chronicle, May 2004

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