About the 100
The mission of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. is to improve the quality of life within our communities and enhance educational and economic opportunities for all African Americans.
The 100 seeks to serve as a beacon of leadership by utilizing our diverse talents to create environments where our children are motivated to achieve and to empower our people to become self-sufficient shareholders in the economic and social fabric of the communities we serve.
100 Black Men of Greater Washington, D.C. (100BMGWDC) was founded in 1995 in response to the call to action voiced during the Million Man March. A group of eleven professional Black men, concerned about the future of the youth in their community, came together and decided that it was their responsibility to step up and make a difference. Following the model of 100 Black Men of America, Inc., they established the Greater Washington, D.C. chapter as a member of the national organization.
Over the years the organization has grown in membership and status. With a dedicated and diverse membership base, including doctors, lawyers, STEM professionals, entrepreneurs, financial experts, teachers, educators, and business professionals, the organization is able to provide a broad range of support to its mentees.
Through our Four for the Future programmatic framework of Mentoring, Education, Economic
Empowerment, and Health & Wellness, we’ve had the privilege of working with youth in the greatest need to help them establish, and achieve their goals. Since our founding in 1995 we have been able to serve over 14,000 children and families within our local community.
The overall concept of “The 100” began in 1963 in New York City when a group of concerned African American men began to meet to explore ways of improving conditions in their community. These visionaries included businessmen and industry leaders such as David Dinkins, Robert Mangum, Dr. William Hayling, Nathaniel Goldston III, Livingston Wingate, Andrew Hatcher, and Jackie Robinson. On October 2, 1986, representatives from 100 Black Men Chapters converged in Washington, DC, for a final meeting to establish a national organization.
During previous meetings, they determined the structure, governance and model that would provide the most effective physical and financial resources to support the communities and Chapters. At the final gathering, the organization’s name – 100 Black Men of America, Inc. – was unveiled and attendees elected four accomplished, professional men from within their ranks to serve as its first and founding officers.
Each of the four were selected based on their demonstrated commitment to give back in a holistic way that addressed the educational, social, emotional, and cultural needs of youth in their own communities. They put their hands to the plow and did the hard work necessary to establish a foundation for a network of Chapters in their infancy, which today is an international nonprofit organization that positively impacts more than 125,000 youth across the United States and abroad.
Throughout our history, the leadership of 100 Black Men of America, Inc. has been impeccable. The men chosen as national leaders all have contributed to the growth and strength of the organization. Their unique contributions have helped The 100 to become one of the premiere mentoring organizations anywhere. Consider the impact each leader has made. On May 27, 1987, in Atlanta, Georgia, this newly formed mentoring organization held its first national conference and introduced itself to the nation. Noted speakers included the late Alex P. Haley and the late Honorable Maynard H. Jackson.