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