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!
Who’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
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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):
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.
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 for patients but also for the staff. Pieces of art, from artists all over the country, are on display throughout the medical facility, fostering a calm atmosphere towards health and wellness. During the unveiling ceremony, the 100 BMGKC were represented by Denzil Ross, co-vice president of the chapter, and Melvin Porter, co-chair of the 100’s Health and Wellness Committee.
The concept of a “hospital-within-an-art-gallery” has received national attention. The 100 BMGKC’s decision to support the Center is in line with the chapter’s core purpose of serving the community; TMC supports and serves that same community. The 100 BMGKC worked with James Martin, curator of the Center, in selecting the artist, Henry Dixon. Dixon’s artwork is housed on the fifth floor of the main hospital building, around the sickle cell clinic. This piece of art depicts the mentoring aspect, one of the 100 Black Men of America’s Four Pillars – the other three being health and wellness, education, and economic empowerment.
“Relationships are meaningful and it helps when they are strong. The 100 Black Men of Greater Kansas City knows this all too well,” said Ross. “The 100 wants to continue fostering new relationships and building on old ones as we continue to build brand awareness in our communities about who we are and what we do.” Ross also expressed special thanks to TMC President and CEO, John W. Bluford, and Martin for connecting the 100 BMGKC with Dixon, and for making the unveiling possible.
Brian Foster, president of the 100 BMGKC, added, “Our chapter is now a perpetual participant in the health and wellness of the hospital’s patients! In addition, the portrait offers a visceral image of the 100 Black Men’s primary objective: mentoring young men to achieve beyond their dreams.”
The 100 Black Men of America, Inc. has over 100 chapters worldwide, with more than 10,000 members who strive to improve the quality of life in our communities and enhance the educational and economic opportunities for African Americans. The organization has more than 100,000 youth participants annually in its mentoring and youth development programs. With a mission to improve the quality of life and enhance educational opportunities for African Americans, members of the 100 continue to serve as a strong force in the world by overcoming the cultural and financial obstacles that have limited the achievements of some African Americans, particularly young African American males. Members of the 100 have made outstanding progress, proving that Blacks can, and do, excel as corporate leaders, community leaders and as independent business owners.