One Hundred Black Men, Inc. began in New York City in 1963 as an organization of like minded business, political and community leaders who met to advocate for improvement in conditions in their communities. These men envisioned an organization that would capitalize on the collective power of community to address issues of inequities and to empower African Americans to become agents of change in their communities. These visionaries were business and industry leaders such as Robert Mangum, Cyril Tyson, J. Bruce Llewellyn, Livingston Wingate, Andrew Hatcher and David Dinkins. They forever changed the face of Black social, economic and political empowerment.
As a symbol of solidarity, the group embraced the name, One Hundred Black Men. This new, powerful civic organization would grow to be the voice of black business, social and community leaders. A community and youth-serving 501(c)3, One Hundred Black Men, Inc. provides scholarships, educational support, economic empowerment, mentoring, health and wellness initiatives and serves as an overall voice of the African American community.
Eagle Academy for Young Men in the Bronx was founded by members of One Hundred Black Men, Inc. as a response to the dire crisis facing male youths. When the doors opened in 2004, it was the first all male public school to open in New York City in 30 years. In 2008, a second Eagle Academy opened in Brooklyn. One Hundred Black Men members commit resources including scholarships and mentoring.
In 1986, we supported the founding of our national organization, 100 Black Men of America, based in Atlanta, Georgia. The national organization has grown to a confederation of over 116 chapters located domestically and abroad. “The 100” has become one of the preeminent African American organizations that empower our communities.