The Rev. Kevin Murriel is remembering long summer days swimming because they were some of the best days of life. But they might not have happened had it not been, he said, for 100 Black Men of Jackson, Miss. The memory nearly startles him. A lot of years have passed since the 32-year-old preacher was a boy.
Indeed, two weeks ago today, Murriel himself became a member of 100 Black Men of Atlanta, inducted into the non-profit along with 50 other community leaders by former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young.
His time could not have come at a more pivotal moment.
African-American organizations like 100 Black Men are undergoing a resurgence of sort fueled by the 2016 presidential election two years ago and a seeming repeat of community ills that gave rise to them in the first place: health inequities, lack of affordable housing, rising incarcerations rates and an inadequate education system.