over 30 years of mentoring the 100 way in milwaukee
The 100 Black Men of Greater Milwaukee, Inc. serves as a force in overcoming the cultural and financial obstacles that have limited the achievements of African Americans, with a particular emphasis on young African-American males in Milwaukee, WI.
The 100 Black Men of Greater Milwaukee, Inc. seeks to serve as a beacon of leadership by utilizing our diverse talents to create environments where our children are motivated to achieve, and to empower our people to become self-sufficient shareholders in the economic and social fabric of the greater Milwaukee community.
100 Black Men of Greater Milwaukee, Inc. is committed to the intellectual development of youth and the economic empowerment of Milwaukee's African American community based on the following precepts: respect for family, spirituality, justice, and integrity.
About The 100
The Story of the 100
The overall concept of 100 Black Men of America 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 under-served, 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.
Notable members of The 100 include Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Spike Lee, Michael Jordan, Sidney Poitier, Tavis Smiley, Denzel Washington, Dr. Cornel West, and host of other prominent and influential Black men.
The idea of 100 Black Men of Greater Milwaukee was ironically suggested by a group of women during a lunchtime conversation with attorney James Hall in the spring of 1989. Intrigued by the proposal, Hall quickly reached out to several local gentlemen to gauge interest and soon connected with Oshiyemi Adelabu (then known as Eddie Brown). Joined by Bill Rogers, Tony Courtney, and Greg Williams, the group incorporated with the state on May 4, 1989. Since its founding, 100 Black Men of Greater Milwaukee has both delivered mentoring projects like Breakfast with the Boyz and the Volunteer Role Model program, and hosted social events such as the Meet & Greet and the wildly popular Annual Fundraiser gala for the metro Milwaukee area.
Membership in the Milwaukee 100 has included prominent influencers such as Dr. William Finlayson, Dr. Howard Fuller, Spencer Coggs, Willie Johnson, Jr., John Daniels, Jr., and Dr. Earl Wheatfall.
Across the United States and Internationally, 100 Black Men of America, Inc. and 100 Black Men International are positively impacting the lives of tomorrow’s leaders through the 100’s signature programs such as Mentoring the 100 Way and Collegiate 100®. Chapters also deliver unique, innovative mentoring initiatives that are locally relevant and that change the lives of tens of thousands of youth annually
As a leader in mentoring, educating and empowering youth, it was a natural progression for 100 Black Men to become partners and sponsors with schools. In some locations, 100 chapters have charted and are operating schools. The themes of achieving excellence and partnering with school boards, parents and the community resonates across all these schools. The 100’s education initiatives inspire confidence, create cultural awareness and foster academic leadership.
HEALTH & WELLNESS
The 100’s health and wellness goals are to raise awareness, provide access to health care and give health information that will ultimately promote behavior change resulting in a healthier lifestyle. The organization’s Health & Wellness Committee provides leadership to chapters as they establish health & wellness committees at the local level. Through civic and corporate partnerships, the 100 delivers health education programs and free health screenings in hundreds of communities annually.
The 100 defines economic empowerment as the ability to be self-determined in creating dreams, pursuing them and ultimately perpetuating them by establishing the mechanisms to sustain generational wealth. Program initiatives promote generational economic self-sufficiency through financial literacy, family wealth building, and entrepreneurship.
In addition to the primary benefits of having the opportunity to make a difference in the community and impact the life of a youth in a positive way, members of The 100 gain the following additional benefits:
Doing volunteer work may meet your company expectations for community involvement. (Some companies pay for their employees to join the organization)
You become a member of an organization that is known and respected nationally by major corporations
Being a member of the Greater Milwaukee Chapter gives you access to other members of 100 Black Men of America nationwide
The opportunity to network with other successful African-American professionals who come from different industries, but coalesce around a common goal
The ability to attend social events that provide exposure and key information from prominent corporate and political leaders
100 Black Men of Greater Milwaukee, Inc. is comprised of successful and committed African-Americans in the metro Milwaukee area coming together to make a difference in the lives of our youth. It is expected of all our members to:
Serve on at least one committee
Participate in our programs
Attend regularly scheduled events and meetings
Pay all dues and other assessments in a timely manner
100 Black Men of Greater Milwaukee, Inc. relies on the support of individuals, volunteers, private foundations and corporations to carry out its mission. Your tax deductible contribution will make a difference in helping The 100 empower children and build a stronger Milwaukee.
We are a volunteer-based organization. This means that our success, and the success of the youth of our community, depends on you. We welcome both men and women to volunteer their time. And we have a special need for men to engage with our mentoring initiatives. If you are interested in volunteering please click the button below.
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