The Foundation of a Legacy

Our history, our foundation and its recognizable impact.

The overall concept of “The 100” began in 1963 in New York City when a group of concerned African American men began to meet to explore ways of improving conditions in their community. These visionaries included businessmen and industry leaders such as David Dinkins, Robert Mangum, Dr. William Hayling, Nathaniel Goldston III, Livingston Wingate, Andrew Hatcher, and Jackie Robinson. On October 2, 1986, representatives from 100 Black Men Chapters converged in Washington, DC, for a final meeting to establish a national organization. During previous meetings, they determined the structure, governance and model that would provide the most effective physical and financial resources to support the communities and Chapters. At the final gathering, the organization’s name – 100 Black Men of America, Inc. – was unveiled and attendees elected four accomplished, professional men from within their ranks to serve as its first and founding officers.  

Each of the four were selected based on their demonstrated commitment to give back in a holistic way that addressed the educational, social, emotional, and cultural needs of youth in their own communities. They put their hands to the plow and did the hard work necessary to establish a foundation for a network of Chapters in their infancy, which today is an international nonprofit organization that positively impacts more than 125,000 youth across the United States and abroad. Throughout our history, the leadership of 100 Black Men of America, Inc. has been impeccable. The men chosen as national leaders all have contributed to the growth and strength of the organization. Their unique contributions have helped The 100 to become one of the premiere mentoring organizations anywhere. Consider the impact each leader has made. On May 27, 1987, in Atlanta, Georgia, this newly formed mentoring organization held its first national conference and introduced itself to the nation. Noted speakers included the late Alex P. Haley and the late Honorable Maynard H. Jackson.

Throughout 100 Black Men of America, Inc.’s history, our organization has been recognized for its powerful and impactful outcomes that empower our youth and communities. Here are just a few of the honors The 100 has received over the years.


September 23, 2005: Honored by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) for supporting and promoting FDIC’s Financial Education and Money Smart Program


May 2008: Chairman Emeritus Albert E. Dotson, Jr. awarded Ebony Magazine, Power 150: Most Influential Blacks in America


April 4, 2012: SCLC/W.O.M.E.N., Inc.’s award for excellence in education during SCLC’s 33rd Anniversary celebration


November 15, 2013: Recognized by Voices for Georgia’s Children with the Big Voice Award for impactful efforts in leadership and advocacy


September 22, 2015: Southern Company’s Excellence in Mentoring Award honoring America’s most influential advocates of change


2015: Chairman Curley M. Dossman, Jr. awarded Ebony Magazine, 2015 Power 100: Most Influential Blacks in America


January 27, 2016: Excellence in Mentoring Award from MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership