The 100 Black Men of America, Inc. 2018 Man and Woman of the Year Awards

Atlanta, December 7, 2018 – The Man and Woman of the Year Awards recognize outstanding contributions to one’s community and to society in general. Each year, one man and one woman are honored by 100 Black Men of America, Inc. for their vision, innovation, and selflessness that delivers a measurable impact on the lives of others. Recipients must deliver extraordinary service to our community while projecting a positive image for 100 mentees and young people globally to emulate.

The 2018 Man & Woman of the Year Reception will recognize Benjamin Crump, founder and President of Ben Crump Law, and Cathy Hughes, founder and chair for Urban One, Inc. as the Man & Woman of the Year.

Cathy Hughes is a dynamic media pioneer, founder and Chairperson of Urban One, Inc., the largest African American owned and operated, broadcast company in the nation. Urban One is now a multimedia conglomerate that generates original content across the spectrums of radio, television and digital media. Cathy was fueled with ambition to empower African Americans with information and to tell stories from their perspective. She also became the first woman Vice President and General Manager of a station in the nation’s capital and created the format known as the “Quiet Storm,” which revolutionized urban radio and was aired on over 480 stations nationwide.

Mr. Crump has received significant recognition for his service in pursuit of civil rights and justice for minorities and has a history of being heavily involved in his community, including having endowed scholarships to Florida A&M University, Livingston College, Florida State University, and Bethune Cookman University for minority law students. He also serves as the president and co-founder of MyDad360, a mentoring program for fathers endorsed by Colin Powell and recognized by President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative. Ben is a member of the American Bar Association, American Association for Justice, The Florida Justice Association, and many other groups dedicated to the law and the pursuit of justice. A passion for advocacy has given him the privilege to fight for justice on behalf of the others.

The award will be presented by 100 Black Men of America, Inc. Chairman, Thomas W. Dortch, Jr. and Vice Chairman Al Dotson, Jr. The reception will feature entertainment from Algebra Blesset & Mike Phillips.

Algebra Blessett, hailing from the R&B hotbed of Atlanta, has already earned a reputation as one of her hometown’s most exciting new talents. Having won widespread acclaim with her solo debut Purpose, and for her work as collaborator with the likes of Monica, Bilal, India.Arie, Esperanza Spalding and Anthony David, Algebra offers a fresh, expansive creative vision on Recovery, her Purpose Music Group/eOne Music debut and second full- length album.

Mike Phillips is a world-renowned saxophonist, known as one of the most electrifying instrumentalists today. Mike is the first non-athlete signed by Michael Jordan to the Nike Jordan Brand, home of the Air Jordan, and is the only musician in the world to have recorded and toured with the legendary “Big Three” of American soul and pop music: Michael Jackson, Prince, and Stevie Wonder.

To learn more about the 100 Black Men of America, Inc.’s cause and programs and to view all events taking place during the Leadership Summit visit 

Who: 100 Black Men of America, Inc.
What: 2018 Man & Woman of the Year Reception
When: Friday, December 7, 2018 (7pm-10pm)
Where: Hyatt Regency Atlanta
265 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

About 100 Black Men of America, Inc.

100 Black Men was founded as an organization in New York City in 1963. The national organization, 100 Black Men of America, Inc. began with nine chapters in 1986 as a national alliance of leading African American men of business, public affairs and government with a mission to improve the quality of life for African Americans, particularly African American youth. 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. Since inception, the vision emerged and grew to over 10,000 members impacting over 125,000 underserved, underrepresented minority youth annually. Visit for more information on the programs and initiatives of 100 Black Men of America, Inc. and their global network of chapters.

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