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2014 new membership drive underway

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What they see…is what they’ll be!

The 100 Black Men of Greater Kansas City are inviting anyone interested in joining the organization to attend one of its upcoming Interest Meetings:

  • Monday, October 27, 2014 – 6:00 pm-7.30 pm at the Central Library (Turner Board Room)
  • Thursday, October 30, 2014 – 6:00 pm-7:00 pm at the Plaza Library (Large Room)

The interest meetings are an opportunity to learn more about the 100 Black Men organization, its programs and events.  Candidates will be scheduled for interview times with the chapter’s Membership Committee beginning the week of November 3.  Hope to see you there!

12 chapter members recognized in 2014’s “Who’s Who in Black Kansas City” publication

CoverWho’s Who in Black Kansas City published the 2nd edition of its publication, in recognition of contributions made by metro-area African-Americans for leadership in their respective professions, occupations, and community service organizations.  Among members of the 100 Black Men of Greater Kansas City (100 BMGKC), twelve members — including several chapter leaders — were included in the 2014 listings.  Those members, listed in alphabetical order (chapter positions in parentheses, if applicable), are as follows:


  • Eugene Agee — Vice President of Procurement & Real Estate, Sprint (Board Member)
  • Jesse Barnes — Executive Director, Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center
  • Jeffrey Davis — Personal Trainer & Wellness Coach, Beyond Resurrection LLC / ReCre8U
  • Brian Foster — Research Resources Manager, Sprint (Chapter President)
  • Maj. Marcus Jackson — Adjunct Faculty Member, Benedictine College (Treasurer/Board Member)
  • Chris Jones — Director, Omega Healthcare
  • Duane Joseph — Founder/President, The Duane Anthony Joseph Foundation
  • Larry Lester — President/CEO, NoirTech Research, Inc. (Board Member)
  • Ken Lumpkins — President, H.G.E. Marketing, LLC
  • Eric McTye — Financial Advisor, Edward Jones Investments
  • Malvin Warrick — Corporate Supply Chain Director, MGP Ingredients (Board Member)
  • Anthony Williams — President/CEO, Mountain Plains Minority Development Supplier Council (Immediate Past President/Board Member)

“Obviously, we are extremely proud of the members recognized in this prestigious publication by the Who’s Who selection panel,” said Foster.  “In my opinion, these gentlemen are indicative of every 100 Black Men member — not only in Kansas City, but in every chapter around the globe.”   

Top left:  Barnes, Davis, Foster, Jackson, Jones, Joseph. Bottom  left:  Agee, Lester, Lumpkins, McTye, Warrick, Williams.
Top left: Barnes, Davis, Foster, Jackson, Jones, Joseph
Bottom left: Agee, Lester, Lumpkins, McTye, Warrick, Williams
The mission of The 100 Black Men of Greater Kansas City is to improve the quality of life within our communities and enhance educational and economic opportunities for all African Americans, with emphasis on our youth.

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.:


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.




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.

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3rd annual “Network with the 100″ event


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.

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

Donna Wolfe, host of "Urban Connections," poses with Brian Foster, 100 BMGKC chapter president, at the KKFI 90.1 FM studio
Donna Wolfe, host of “Urban Connections,” poses with Brian Foster, 100 BMGKC chapter president, at the KKFI 90.1 FM studio

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 of the 100 BMGKC, I want to thank Donna and the staff of KKFI for providing this platform,” said Foster.  “The opportunity to inform the community of our mission — mentoring young African-American young men — is invaluable to the 100.  Our community needs to know that there are ongoing engagements providing assistance to its youth.  All one need do is read the news to understand the importance of mentoring our Black males, in an effort to promote education, health and wellness, and economic empowerment.  We’re doing our part to answer the call.” 

To listen to a recording of the broadcast, click the link below (the interview begins at the 7:30 mark):

Urban Connections – 2/8/14

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

Brian Foster Chapter President
Brian Foster
Chapter President

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 for the young men with whom we engage “is about more than spending time with these gentlemen; it is also about setting examples for them with the totality of our endeavors.”  Given the near-constant inundation of media messaging which portrays African-American males in the most negative light – not to mention the omnipresent threats of drug addiction, incarceration, and violence – the need for positive role models has never been more urgent.  I describe this urgency as the community’s “clarion call” for help.

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