ABOUT THE 100 OF AMERICA
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. Since inception, the vision has materialized to be shared by more than 10,000 members reaching over 125,000 underserved, underrepresented minority youth annually. Our motto, “What They See Is What They’ll Be,” very succinctly expresses how our programmatic services rendered to disadvantaged, disenfranchised and low-income youth and families positively change their life trajectory.
ABOUT THE 100 OF GREATER BEAUMONTB
In the summer of 2004, a group of concerned black men in the Beaumont area, brought together by Atty. Audwin Samuel, began to meet to determine the viability of organizing a community group to positively impact the area, especially the young black males in the community. These forward thinking men included such leaders as Audwin Samuel, Arthur Louis, Jr., Kirby Jones, Joe Brown, Ed Turner, Vernon Durden, Byron Franklin, and others. Starting in June of 2004, the first series of meetings were held at Richard’s Café on College St. and they would become known as The 100 Black Men’s Coalition. After work by Audwin Samuel was completed on the articles of incorporation and the National “100” membership application submitted, the membership in the 100 Black Men of America was approved by the National Organization and the group was chartered as the 100 Black Men of Greater Beaumont, Inc. This name not only reflected a connection to the National Organization, but it also indicated the local group’s desire to include and allow expansion into all of the cities in the Southeast Texas Golden Triangle area.