Historical Establishment of 100 Black Men of West Alabama

* In April 2008 Dr. Lowell Davis met with Rev. Willie Jones, and Dr. Bennie Goggans to discuss the possibilities of establishing a chapter of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. in Tuscaloosa, AL.

* Later in May 2008, Dr. Davis, Dr. Goggans, Rev. Jones, Dr. Ike Adams, and Mr. Greg Singleton met over lunch to review the necessary steps to establish a 100 chapter in West Alabama. A list of prospective members was developed.

* The first organizational meeting was held in May 2008 on the Stillman College campus. Approximately, 15 men attended the meeting. In June 2008, Dr. Davis attended the 100 Black Men of America National Conference in Buena Vista, FL to learn more about the organization and the necessary steps to establish a chapter in West Alabama.

* In August 2008, an official meeting of the 100 Black Men of West Alabama was held. Dues were collected from 33 members. At that meeting officers were elected.

President; Dr. Lowell Davis, Vice President; Dr. Yardley Bailey, Treasurer; Mr. Carlton McHargh, Secretary; Mr. Gregory Singleton

* An official application for membership was submitted to the national organization in October 2008. In early December 2008 Drs. Davis and Bailey attended a Leadership Summit in Miami, FL sponsored by the 100 Black Men of America on behalf of the 100 Black Men of West Alabama. During the conference our membership application was reviewed. On December 13, 2008 the 100 Black Men of West Alabama chapter of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. was officially chartered. 33 men formed the charter membership for the organization.

Brief 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. A final meeting was held on October 2, 1986, at that meeting the name of the organization would then become: 100 Black Men of America, Inc. with Dr. William Hayling (Los Angeles) as the first President. 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 Goldston became the organization's second National President and grew the organization to 43 chapters. 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 more than 100,000 youth participants annually in its mentoring and youth development programs.

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