Statement from 100 Black Men of America, Inc. in response to the horrifying events that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia

Statement from 100 Black Men of America, Inc. in response to the horrifying events that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia

 

The 100 Black Men of America, Inc. is profoundly saddened by the loss of life and deeply disturbed by the mobilization and organized bigotry that descended on Charlottesville, Virginia on Friday and Saturday.

 

First, we offer our heartfelt condolences to those who lost their lives, those who were injured, their families and the community.

 

We expect the full force of the United States Government, local law enforcement, and elected representatives to bring to justice those responsible for inciting the violence that led to unfathomable carnage and deadly outcomes.

 

The vile spirit of hatred and violence permeating in this country will continue until those in power take an aggressive and intentional stand against domestic terrorists, white supremacist, Nazi and white nationalists groups.

 

Curley M. Dossman, Chairman of the Board
Brian Pauling, President and CEO

100 Black Men of America, Inc.
Global Headquarters, Atlanta, GA

 

About 100 Black Men of America, Inc.

100 Black Men of America, Inc. is a global nonprofit mentoring organization committed to the intellectual development of youth and the economic empowerment of the African American community through promoting the precepts of respect for family, spirituality, justice, and integrity. It began with one chapter in New York City in 1963, incorporated in 1986 and today has more than 100 chapters reaching 125,000 youth in the United States, London, and Turks and Caicos Islands.

A Ban on Immigration Does Not Reflect the Heart of America

A Ban on Immigration Does Not Reflect the Heart of America

 

By Brian L. Pauling

100 Black Men of America, Inc. stands with the millions of United States citizens and people around the world who oppose President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration.

 

The plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty reads, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” She serves as an icon of freedom and has been a welcoming sight to immigrants arriving from abroad since 1886.  Every “American,” except for the indigenous peoples native to North America, came to these shores from a foreign land.  Many came of their own volition, while others were forced to leave their native lands because of slavery, war or persecution. These ideas are the foundation on which the United States of America was built.

 

A ban on immigration runs counter to the words of Lady Liberty and all America represents. To ban those entering our borders because of the religion they practice or the country in which they were born, will only serve to separate families and further divide our nation. Therefore, 100 Black Men of America, Inc. calls on each elected official to stand up and publicly denounce this ban on immigration and work together to develop meaningful, effective and nondiscriminatory immigration reform.

 

Brian L. Pauling is national president and CEO of 100 Black Men of America, Inc.

100 Black Men of America, Inc. Thanks President Barack Obama for Eight Years of Service

We at 100 Black Men of America, Inc. (“The 100”) want to offer our collective and heartfelt thanks to President Barack H. Obama for his eight years of exemplary service to the people of the United States of America as our nation’s Commander-in-Chief and its first president of African-American descent.

 

As the largest non-profit, African-American-led, mentoring organization in the country, serving more than 125,000 mentees, our motto is, “What They See Is What They’ll Be®.” Since President Obama was first elected to office in 2008, our mentees have been able to see someone who looks like them holding the highest office of the land. In President Obama, our mentees see that they, too, can aspire to become anything they want – including President of the United States.

 

We thank President Obama for calling the nation’s attention to the plight of Black boys and young men by launching his My Brother’s Keeper initiative. We were especially gratified that mentoring is a key component of that effort, which proves what we know from all the research and our own experience: connecting young people to thoughtful and devoted mentors and vital support services produces positive, life-changing outcomes. That remains important today, as we celebrate National Mentoring Month, and every day.

 

We thank the President for the leadership, grace and courage he showed when tackling tough issues during his administration. We appreciate his efforts on behalf of all of Americans to make healthcare affordable for everyone; to move our nation from economic depression to economic recovery; and to ensure the safety of the American people from the threat of terrorism – foreign and domestic. President Obama called out unfair policing practices in communities of color and championed efforts to fix our nation’s broken criminal justice system, which disproportionately criminalizes, sentences and incarcerates African Americans more than any other group.

 

He stood up for the outcast, disenfranchised and those living on the fringes of our society. He also challenged us, individually and collectively, to stand up and recommit ourselves to address the social ills plaguing so many of our communities, such as the pervasive problem of gun violence.

 

As an organization, 100 Black Men of America formed a criminal justice reform task force, recommended that all our chapter leaders read President Obama’s Task Force report on 21st Century Policing, and intensified our partnership with local law enforcement agencies to encourage and support effective policing practices in the communities we serve.

 

President Obama made us proud, serving alongside First Lady Michelle Obama with dignity and respect while carrying out the duties and responsibilities that come with holding the highest office of the land. We honor the First Family’s sacrifice in serving the nation these past eight years.

 

On behalf of 100 Black Men of America, Inc. and the tens of thousands of young people we serve, we wish President Obama and his family great success and Godspeed as he leaves office, re-enters civilian life and begins his next chapter.

Sincerely,

Curley M. Dossman, Jr., Chairman of the Board, 100 Black Men of America, Inc.

 

 

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