The History of the 100 Black Men of America
The 100 Black Men of America began in New York in 1963 when a group of concerned African
American men began to meet to explore ways of improving conditions in their community. The
group eventually adopted the name, “100 Black Men, Inc.” as a sign of solidarity. These men
envisioned an organization that would implement programs designed to improve the quality
of life for African Americans and other minorities. They also wished to ensure the future of their
communities by aiming an intense number of resources toward youth development. These
members were successful Black men from various walks of life. These visionaries were business and industry leaders such as David Dinkins, Robert Mangum, Dr. William Hayling, Nathaniel Goldston III, Livingston Wingate, Andrew Hatcher, and Jackie Robinson.
Dr. William Hayling, a member of the NY organization, had relocated to Newark, NJ and sought
to replicate the 100’s impact in that area. In 1976, Dr. Hayling formed the 100 Black Men of New
Jersey. A movement had been born. Men across the country began to form 100 Black Men
organizations to leverage their collective talents and resources. Chapters were formed in Los
Angeles, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area, Nassau/Suffolk, Alton, and Sacramento.
On September 21, 1983, a three-hour meeting was held at the Washington Hilton Hotel in
Washington, D.C., among representatives from the Los Angeles, New York, New Jersey, and St.
Louis chapters. This meeting was to evaluate the feasibility of establishing a National Organization
for 100 Black Men. The third meeting was held May 16-18, 1986 at the Flamingo Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas. At this meeting it was agreed that the best model for a newly-formed national organization was a federation governance model. This model leveraged human and financial resources, and
supported chapter growth while preserving chapter autonomy.
A final meeting was held on October 2, 1986 at the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel in Washington. Chapters
represented were: Los Angeles, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Atlanta and New Jersey. The chapters
decided that the name of the organization would be: “100 Black Men of America, Inc.”
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