History Of The 100 Black Men Of Atlanta, Inc
In 1986, Atlanta-based entrepreneur, Nathaniel R. Goldston, III assembled 18 of his friends and associates together to share the vision of starting a community empowerment organization that would focus on Atlanta’s underprivileged youth. Goldston, who had been exposed to a similar concept during a business meeting in New York called One Hundred Black Men of New York, aptly named the newly formed coalition 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc.
100 Black Men of Atlanta was now one of eight 100 Black Men organizations based in cities around the nation. Together these organizations joined forces to create 100 Black Men of America headquartered in Atlanta, which now has more than 100 chapters worldwide — with more than 10,000 members. 100 Black Men of Atlanta has grown to become one of the largest of these chapters, with over 200 members locally.
Through its programs to support Atlanta’s challenged communities, members have become actively involved in educational issues affecting youth, public policy, as well as economic, social and health issues impacting the communities it serves. The organization is often called upon to endorse efforts that support its mission. The members of 100 Black Men of Atlanta are proud of the accomplishments of the organization and the achievements of its students. They look forward to affecting positive change for Atlanta’s challenged communities and its youth for years to come.
The mission of 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc. is to improve the quality of life by supporting and enhancing educational and economic opportunities particularly for African-American youth in the Atlanta community.
The members of the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc., affirm that:
- We will serve as role models for our youth to become emerging leaders and productive members of the Atlanta community.
- We will partner with the neighborhood and business community on educational, economic, and worthwhile social causes that promote positive change.
- We will provide our time, talent and resources back to the Atlanta community.
- We will demonstrate and demand excellence in our endeavors.
100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc. will become the city’s strongest, most self-reliant African-American volunteer organization focused on education, enrichment and empowerment.