The 100 Black Men of Greater Charlotte has been awarded “Chapter of the Year” honors for Education!  We all deserve a hand for this.  This is the culmination of the work of the chapter.  Our programs not only speak about the importance of education to our youth but they also educate our parents, members and our Collegiate 100 chapters.  We did it Charlotte!

At our awards ceremony we recognized a record number of students for their academic efforts.  Our Tutoring Program continues to show a clear impact on our mentees.  There were 22 of our mentees who received the 3.0 Club Award and 8 mentee received the 4.0 Club Award.  This is something that we all should be very proud of.  Tutoring for the first time this year was able to be provided for two sessions due to additional funding from donors.  As you can see, tutoring definitely makes a difference.  We have 4 Seniors that graduated this year, 3 of which have already selected and been accepted to colleges.  Mentor and Mentee of the year awards went to mentee Jonathan Weaver and mentor Rob Jones.  Congrats to them both.  Our Pathways to Success program recently wrapped with another successful year.  We will be looking to revamp the program for next year.  The Collegiate 100 (C-100) chapters are doing the Work of the 100 and representing our chapter well.  The C-100’s recent Hoops for Hope Tournament collected donated canned goods as well as provided monetary donations to Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.  Our College Chapter at UNC Charlotte recently inducted 18 new students as well.  We continue to support the Queens University chapter and look to bring on a C-100 chapter at Johnson C. Smith University.

We had two teams of mentees that represented our chapter at the National Convention.  They competed in the Dollars and $ense competition as well as the State Farm Black History Challenge.  We were victorious in winning first place in the Senior Division and placed as runner up in the Junior Division.  It was another successful year partnering with the Gray’s in hosting the Gray Classic.  During the Gray Classic Women’s Brunch we recognized our scholarship recipient awardees: $10,000 to Jordan McClendon, $10,000 to Elijah Hernandez and $5,000 to Mustapha Love.  We recently inducted 20 new members that have come into the organization and hit the ground running.  They took an oath to continue our legacy of making a different in the lives of our youth.

Thank you for all the continued confidence placed in me as I serve as your President of the 100 Black Men of Greater Charlotte.  While I have recently been elected to the National Board of Directors to serve as a Member at Large, my commitment to this local chapter will not waiver.  I continue to be humbled by this experience.