About 100 Black Men of America,
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
and 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 men included 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. Chapters were eventually
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 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
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, where 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 in Las Vegas, where
it was agreed that the best model for a newly-formed national
organization was a federation governance model. This model leveraged
human and financial 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 in Washington, DC., with chapters from
Los Angeles, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Atlanta and New Jersey.
The chapters decided to name the organization "100 Black Men of
The following were elected as officers:
Dr. William Hayling, president and chairman; Moses Gray, secretary;
Oliver Lofton, Esq., vice-president; Jesse C. Swanigan, treasurer.
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 chairman and grew the organization to 43 chapters.
Thomas W. Dortch Jr. was elected the third National president
and chairman in 1994.
"It is a great blessing to have had the opportunity to be raised
in the home of a great man. My father is truly deserving of his
induction into The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum.
N. Russell Goldston IV, senior VP of Business Development, Gourmet
Services, Inc., and son of the late Nathaniel Goldston said, during
the unveiling, "Many times growing up, it seemed burdensome to
be the son of a great man because I had to share so much of him
with the rest of the world. However as I now stand, a man, and
looking back at his accomplishments, the struggles, the successes
and the blessings, I am awestruck and inspired by my father's
life. I am proud that the community that he so diligently serves
has chosen to recognize his lifelong efforts and accomplishments.
It is [be]fitting that he be honored as a living legend."
In 1997 Chairman Dortch expanded the organization internationally
with charters in Birmingham, England, followed by other international
chapters: Nassau, Bahamas, Goree Island, Senegal, Kingston, Jamaica,
U.S. Virgin Islands and London, England. Also in 1997, 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 Chairman of the Board. Today the organization has grown
to over 106 chapters with more than 10,000 members and 100,000
Mr. Dortch, Dr. Hayling and Mr. Goldston will be installed
in The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum on Feb. 1, 20007.