In 1963 a group of African American leaders in New York City began to meet and explore ways of improving conditions in their community. These visionaries included businessmen and industry leaders. Since the organizations’ inception, the vision has materialized to be shared by more than 10,000 members reaching over 125,000 underserved, underrepresented minority youth annually. The group adopted the name 100 Black Men as a symbol of solidarity. The idea was soon duplicated in New Jersey and Los Angeles. Additional cities followed and in 1986, a federation of nine chapters came together to form 100 Black Men of America, Inc.
Since its origin in 1963, 100 Black Men of America Inc. has volunteered its time, talent, and skill to improving life in our communities while enhancing educational and economic opportunities for all African Americans. To this end, the organization has implemented a youth-focused strategy that includes training and mentoring youth in education, health – wellness, and economic development programs. These programs foster creativity while promoting academic and social responsibility.
100 Black Men of Greater Orlando, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non profit corporation, has executed the national strategy since its establishment in 1991. Education enhancement projects have included annual participation in the Orange County Teach-In; in-kind and professional mentorship for Orange County Public Schools; support for the Nap Ford Charter School in Orlando; and a $10,000 contribution to the Florida A&M University College of Law Scholarship Fund. Each year, 100 Black Men of Greater Orlando, Inc. awards scholarships to Jones High School graduates, with the intent of providing financial support during their four-year undergraduate term. Currently, 100 Black Men of Greater Orlando, Inc. supports 20 students in undergraduate and graduate school. To date, over $1,500,000 in scholarship funds have been awarded to Jones High School graduates. The organization is also a Life Member of the National Association of the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
The membership of 100 Black Men of Greater Orlando, Inc. represents leadership in a range of professions including business, construction, law, higher education, medicine, communications, government, architecture and engineering. Members are committed to serving the Orlando community, returning the investment this community and many others have made into their personal and professional success.