HISTORY OF 100 BLACK MEN OF AMERICA, INC.
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.
Representatives 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 fi nancial 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
Indianapolis – Secretary
Oliver Lofton, Esq.
New Jersey – Vice-President
Jesse C. Swanigan
St. Louis -Treasurer
On May 27, 1987, in Atlanta, Georgia, this newly formed organization introduced itself to the nation during its fi rst national conference. Noted speakers included the late Alex P. Haley and the late Honorable Maynard H. Jackson.
In 1989, Nathaniel Goldston became the organization’s second National President and grew the organization to 43 chapters. Thomas W. Dortch Jr. was elected the third National President in 1994. That year he spearheaded an aggressive plan entitled “Four For The Future.”TM 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 identifi ed these areas as being critical to the future of African Americans.
In 1997 Chairman Dortch expanded the organization internationally with the chartering of the Birmingham, England chapter. Additional international chapters followed; Nassau Bahamas, Goree Island, Senegal, Kingston, Jamaica, U.S. Virgin Islands, and London, England chapters. It was also in 1997 that the organization purchased its World Headquarters building on historic Auburn Avenue in Atlanta, Georgia.
In 2004, Albert E. Dotson Jr., Esq. was elected the fourth National President. He has focused the organization on Leadership Development in all of the Four For The Future areas. Today the organization has grown to over 105 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 impacted the lives of over 100,000 youth who participant 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 fi nancial obstacles that have limited the achievements of some African Americans, particularly young African American males. Members of the 100 have made outstanding progress excelling as corporate leaders, community leaders and as independent business owners.
Greater Charlotte, NC Chapter Highlights
Charlotte, NC Chapter founded in 1991
Awarded Chapter of the Year in 1997, 1998 and 1999 by 100 Black Men of America;
Flourishing Chapter from 2004 to 2008; Large Chapter of the Year-Economic Development 2010
Mentoring and Education Program
- Over 600 young lives have been touched since 1991. More than 300 Saturday Academy sessions have been conducted for the betterment of our youth.
- Structured one-on-one and group mentoring is offered to students living with risk factors
- Help is given students to develop high self-esteem and an appreciation for education through Saturday Academy Program, twice-monthly workshops in citizenship, leadership development, life skills, study skills, financial literacy, cultural enrichment and community service
- Partnerships have been developed with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, KIPP Charlotte Academy, and the Urban League of Central Carolinas
- New candidates for the Movement of Youth are referred by school administrators, and social case workers as 6th- and 9th graders, or by request of family members
- Two mentees won 2009 Dollars and $ense competition award of $3,000 scholarships
- Two student delegates won 2010 African American History Challenge senior division
award of $3,000 scholarships; two mentees in 2010 junior division were finalists
- Awarded over $292,000 in Scholarships since 1996
- The first two classes (1996 and 1997) – 57% enrolled in college
- Since 2004, our graduates have had a 100% college enrollment rate
Selected Colleges attended by our mentees
- Howard University
- Michigan State University
- Appalachian State University
- University of North Carolina
- NC A&T State University
- NC Central University
- Game Night: This popular event combines the ambience of a casino, fine dining, door prizes and fun
- The Gray Classic Golf Tournament: Over 250 participated in this weekend of activities last year
- Scholarship Dinner: Our scholarship recipients and other mentee achievements will be recognized