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Statement on the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO

The following is the official statement from Curley Dossman, Chairman of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc.:

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The members of the 100 Black Men of Greater Kansas City echo not only the words of our esteemed National Chairman, but those today of President Obama, who stated that “There is never an excuse for violence against police, or for those who would use this tragedy as a cover for vandalism or looting. There’s also no excuse for police to use excessive force against peaceful protesters, or to throw protesters in jail for lawfully exercising their First Amendment rights.”

Each 100 Black Men chapter around the globe exists to mentor youth, encouraging them to pursue fulfilling lives through educational excellence, healthy life choices, and high financial acumen.  Our actions must continue to reflect values we desire for them — as societal contributors who may one day foster change — while preparing them for the cultural realities of living in today’s world as African-Americans.  Our colleagues from the 100 Black Men of Metro St. Louis participated in a prayer vigil last Sunday, with other area leaders and groups at Ferguson’s police heaquarters, where they prayed for healing for the entire community, as Ferguson endures the process of a transparent pursuit for answers.  Let us continue to channel our energies towards peaceful, healing endeavors in the coming days.
    

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President, 100 Black Men of Greater Kansas City

Wells Fargo to host “NeighborhoodLIFT” event

Wells Fargo, a global sponsorship partner of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc., will be hosting an informative, two-day event to provide insights into “NeighborhoodLIFT” – a new home financing program available to eligible first-time homebuyers July 18-19, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Crown Center’s Exhibit Hall A (2323 McGee Street, Kansas City, MO 64108).  The event is free to the public.

3rd annual “Network with the 100″ event

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The 100 Black Men of Greater Kansas City, in conjunction with TWELVE Magazine, will be hosting its 3rd annual “Network with the 100” event on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s (UMKC) Atterbury Success Center (5:30pm-8pm).  Co-hosting the affair will be UMKC’s “Men of Color,” an on-campus student organization.  UMB is serving as the title sponsor this year.

100 Black Men of Greater Kansas City featured on “Urban Connections” radio program

The 100 Black Men of Greater Kansas City’s (100 BMGKC) president, Brian Foster, was the in-studio guest during the February 8, 2014 radio broadcast of “Urban Connections” (KKFI 90.1 FM).  The show’s host, Donna Wolfe, interviewed Foster on the purpose of the 100 Black Men, its programs, and the philosophy of the chapter’s approach to mentoring.  “On behalf…

State of the 100 Black Men of Greater Kansas City – 2014

Happy New Year!  On behalf of the 100 Black Men of Greater Kansas City (100 BMGKC), thank you for supporting us!  We are truly grateful for the opportunity to serve as mentors and role models within our great city.   In my last “State of the 100” message, first delivered at our 2012 Gala, I shared that being mentors…

Honoring the legacy of Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

The 100 Black Men of Greater Kansas City echoes the sentiment of our National Chairman in remembering the life of Nelson Mandela:   

8th Annual Toy Drive

We are partnering with R.U.B.I.E.S. and their “Unwrap a Gift” program.  Our event is an opportunity to COLLECT toys, R.U.B.I.E.S. will DISTRIBUTE them at thier program. Please join us Saturday December 7, 2013, 6pm – 9pm for our 8th Annual Toy Drive at Bloch Executive Hall on the UMKC Campus. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP…

Truman Medical Center unveil new addition to its “Healing Arts” program

  The 100 Black Men of Greater Kansas City (100 BMGKC) participated in the unveiling of artwork commissioned for Truman Medical Center’s (TMC) Center for the Healing Arts program on August 27.  Last year, the 100 BMGKC donated $1,000 to the program, which allows for the healing process to begin through the sense of sight, not only…

“Back to School” event supported by 100 members and mentees

The 100 Black Men of Greater Kansas City (100 BMGKC) and their mentees served as volunteers for the 2013 “Back to School Blast” on Saturday, August 3 at Swope Park.  The multi-organizational effort drew over 2,500 schoolchildren, who received backpacks full of school supplies, uniform vouchers, shoes, and other donated items.   Participants were also provided…

100 BMGKC selects 2013 “Father of the Year”

   The 100 Black Men of Greater Kansas City (100 BMGKC) announced its 2013 “Father of the Year” during the organization’s fourth annual “Celebration of Fathers: Father of the Year” event – sponsored by Hallmark and Prudential Financial – on June 29.  The annual event, launched in 2010, began as collaboration among the 100 BMGKC,…