History of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc.
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.
In 1976, Dr. Hayling formed the 100 Black Men of New Jersey. A movement had been born. Men across the country began forming 100 Black Men organizations to leverage their collective talents and resources. Chapters formed in Los Angeles, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area, Nassau/Suffolk, Alton and Sacramento.
Between 1976 and 1986, the chapters held several meeting formulating the currently known “100 Black Men of America, Inc.” In 1997, a group of men in Dallas, TX recognized the need of such a strong organization in their community.
Collectively, they successfully lobbied for and was granted a charter of their own, thus birthing the 100 Black Men of Greater Dallas, Inc. In 2012, members of Greater Dallas chapter changed its name to the 100 Black Men of Greater Dallas/Fort Worth, Inc., which reflects the entire Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area for which it serves.
The 100 has consistently increased its resources to deliver relevant, new programs and enhance signature programs. The organization is moving its mission and strategic direction forward as it implements “Mentoring the 100 Way Across a Lifetime” ℠. Our mentoring programs develop African American youth so they are prepared to excel as corporate and community leaders and entrepreneurs.