The idea of the 100 Black Men was born in New York City in 1963. A group of successful men from business, industry, and government decided to pool their skills, experiences, and resources to improve the quality of life for African Americans. Among the early founders were David Dinkins, Livingston Wingate and Andrew Hatcher.
In the 1970s, the idea of developing individual independent chapters in other cities took hold. The 100 Black Men of New Jersey was formed under the leadership of Dr. William Hayling in 1973.
Other groups formed in Los Angles, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, the San Francisco/Oakland Bay area, Nassau/Suffolk, and Sacramento. In 1986, these nine chapters resolved to create "100 Black Men of America, Inc." as a national confederation with Dr. Hayling as the founding president. This newly formed alliance introduced itself to the nation during its first national conference on May 27, 1987 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Today there are 116 chapters in 34 states, England, Caribbean and Africa.
Some of the organization's distinguished members include:
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