35th Annual Conference (Virtual)

Time to Act: Adapt, Challenge, and Triumph

June 17, 2021 - June 19, 2021

Virtual 35th Annual Conference

Time to ACT: Adapt, Challenge, and Triumph

June 17, 2021 - June 19, 2021

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See how we ADAPTED in 2020

Experience how we met the CHALLENGE

View our TRIUMPH

Last year, our world changed
Last year, our world changed. 
The world around our mentees changed forever
The world around our mentees changed forever.
Great challenges lead to significant Inspiration
Great challenges led to significant inspiration. 
We quickly evolved and adapted
We quickly evolved and adapted. 
Our students adapted
Our students adapted.
Our partners and sponsors adapted
Our partners and sponsors adapted.
The 100s inaugural virtual conference was a success
The 100's inaugural virtual conference was a success. 
Join us for the Virtual 35th Annual Conference.
Join us for the Virtual 35th Annual Conference.
Join us for the Virtual 35th Annual Conference.
Get ready to A.C.T.
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Not even a pandemic will stop the 100 Black Men of America, Inc.'s mission to improve the quality of life within our communities and enhance educational and economic opportunities for all African Americans. ​Take action and join us for the 35th Annual Conference.
We've adapted our vision to virtually creating environments where our children are motivated to achieve, and we continued to empower our people to become self-sufficient. Learn how to respond to current challenges at the 35th Annual Conference.
As the nation's top African American-led mentoring organization, we support and model community collaborations, e-Mentoring, elevating the voices of our youth, and advocating for racial equality and justice. Get ready to be triumphant. Plan to attend the 35th Annual Conference.

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2:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Confronting the Challenges to a Quality Education for our Youth

Overview: What are we doing to remove barriers to academic achievement caused by poverty and promote resilience? According to the American Pediatrics Association, childhood poverty is the most pressing issue facing our nation’s youth. Children are the poorest members of our society. As the nation navigates through the most devastating health crisis in modern times, the residual impacts of the global coronavirus pandemic further destabilize low-income families, resource-strapped schools, and local communities to an extent that has yet to be calculated. During this open-panel discussion, participants will engage with panel experts and listen to strategies that can be implemented to support achievement and promote resilience. Participants will then be able to transfer the knowledge learned during this workshop to other communities.

Moderator
Dr. Tiah E. McKinney, Ph.D., Executive Director, The McKinney Foundation

Panelists
DeRay McKesson, Educator, Author, Civil Rights Activist
Dr. Floyd Rose, K-12 Education Committee Chair, 100 Black Men of America, Inc.
Dr. Belle Wheelan, President, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
David C. Banks, President & CEO, The Eagles Academy Foundation
Dr. Michelle Claville, Director, The Nanoscience Project; Assistant Dean for the School of Science and Chemistry Professor, Hampton University

Sponsor: Delta Air Lines

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM

Diversified Access to Capital: Where to Find It, How to Get It, and How to Keep It

Overview: Given the difficulties around diversified access to capital for African Americans who are starting or expanding their small business, many entrepreneurs struggle to get their businesses off the ground. “In a 2018 report, the Small Business Association found that personal and family savings are the most common sources of financing for all entrepreneurs, and among Black and Latinx founders, the reliance on those funds is even higher.” In addition, according to CNBC, some Black-owned banks are unable to provide the financial support minorities need due to the banks’ own deficiency of capitalization. During this workshop discussion, panel experts will explain these challenges and examine various strategies for accessing diversified capital.

Moderator
Muhammad A. Nadhiri,
Economic Empowerment Committee Chair, 100 Black Men of America, Inc.

Panelists
Malcomb D. Coley, Central-Growth Market Leader and Charlotte & Managing Partner, EY
John Hope Bryant, Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Operation HOPE
Cassius F. Butts, President & CEO, 1st Choice Credit Union; Founder, Capital Fortitude Business Advisors

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Health Care 2.0 – How to Eliminate Hypertension amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

Overview: Hypertension is arguably the most important risk factor that impacts the lives of Black Americans. High blood pressure serves as “the canary in the coal mine” to foreshadow the development of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, and associated complications, such as heart attack and stroke. This silent killer that is so common among Black people in America it puts us at increased risk of poor outcomes secondary to severe COVID-19 infection. Strategies for controlling blood pressure must be embraced by Black communities, particularly while under the threat of COVID-19.

Participants in this workshop will learn about the heart disease and stroke warning signs that Black people should persistently monitor, and how to work with their health care provider to control and help normalize their blood pressure.

Moderator
Dr. Omar Danner, President & CEO, Danbar for Life, LLC & Adjunct Professor of Surgery, Morehouse School of Medicine

Panelists
Richard Allen Williams, M.D., FACC, FAHA, FACP, DHL, DSC (Hon), Founder, The Association of Black Cardiologists
Eric Griggs, MD, Director of Community Medicine, Access Health Louisiana
Rick Fennell, MD, Medical Director & Attending Physician, Cherry Hill Health Care Center, Eastview Health Care Center, Northway Health and Rehabilitation Center, Civic Center Health and Rehabilitation Center, Birmingham, Alabama
Charles Latham, Retired Quality Assurance Manager, Department of Defense (U.S. Navy)
James Bell, Retired, Birmingham VA Medical Center
Dr. Kevin Williams, Chief Medical Officer, Pfizer Internal Medicine  

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Barbershop Forum: Saluting Past Legends: Preparing the Next Generation

Overview: In the book, The Miracles of Mentoring, Thomas W. Dortch Jr. reminisces on a familiar scene where African American men discuss the issues of the community while sharing knowledge and opinions with youth. The barbershop has always been somewhat of a cultural rite of passage, where wisdom is shared with the next generation of men. During this Barbershop Forum, a panel of influential men will discuss various topics from systemic racism, COVID-19 and the Black communities, the impact of past legends, and the strategies to prepare the next generations of leaders.

Moderator
Roland Martin, Journalist, NuVision Media, Inc.

5:15 PM – 6:30 PM

Wrap-up - What Are Our Actions?

Overview: As we conclude Day 1 of the Virtual 35th Annual Conference, Chairman Dortch and Vice-Chairman Dotson will provide their closing actions for 100 Black Men chapters, Collegiate 100 students, youth, and communities served.

Facilitators:
Chairman Thomas W. Dortch Jr.
Vice-Chairman Albert E. Dotson, Jr., Esq.

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2:00 PM – 2:30 PM

2021 Dollars and $ense Youth Investment Competition

Overview: 100 Black Men of America, Inc., in collaboration with State Farm, established and implemented the Dollars and $ense Youth Investment Competition to address and help eradicate financial illiteracy among youth of color. This rigorous financial literacy program was designed to provide high school students with early opportunities to learn and apply best practice principles for saving and investing. Attendees will get to witness the finalists compete for their chance to win scholarships and earn the Championship title and trophy.

Emcee
Mark Jackson, III, Author, Read Me or Stay Broke

Competition Officials
Nathaniel Haugabrook, Chair
Muhammad A. Nadhiri, Economic Empowerment Committee Chair

Sponsor:

7:00 PM – 10:30 PM

2021 Brace B. Godfrey, Jr. African American History Challenge Youth Competition

Overview: 100 Black Men of America, Inc., established and implemented the Brace B. Godfrey, Jr. African American History Challenge Youth Competition as an innovative, relevant, and exciting way for our mentees to learn about the trials and triumphs of their ancestors. Knowledge is indeed power! As our students learn for themselves, the facts about the roles and contributions of their ancestors, to the building and growth of America, they will be empowered to reverse the ignorance previously taught and reject any future erroneous teachings.  Attendees will get to witness the finalist Junior and Senior Division teams compete for their chance to win cash prizes, scholarships, trophies, mediations, and earn the title, Champions.

Competition Officials
Alvin Cavalier, Chair
James Miller, Co-Chair
Phillip Thomas, Co-Chair-In-Training
Dr. Joseph Silver, Education Committee Co-Chair, Higher Education

Junior Division Judges/Score Tabulators
Michelle S. Hite, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English & Director, Ethel Waddell Githii Honors Program, Spelman College

Senior Division Judges/Score Tabulators
Maurice Hobson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of African-American Studies, Georgia State University/Global Groundswell, LLC

 

7:00 PM – 10:30 PM

Women of Influence: Powerful Women Leading During A Time of Challenges and Triumphing Over All

Overview: Throughout our history, women have influenced and changed the world by adding their intellect, determination, passion, and strength to so many efforts. The strength of a woman can allow her to keep pushing towards greatness. During this workshop discussion, a panel of powerful women will share upon their experiences and provide insight into how they are able to triumph over the many challenges that are occurring today so other women can ACT: Adapt, Challenge, and Triumph.

Moderator
Judge Glenda A. Hatchett, Esq., Founder, The Hatchett Firm, PC

Panelists
Ursula M. Burns, Former CEO of Xerox
Michelle Y. Lee, Regional Banking Executive Branch Banking, Wells Fargo & Company

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7:00 PM – 10:30 PM

State of The 100

Facilitators
Chairman Thomas W. Dortch Jr
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Vice Chairman Albert E. Dotson, Jr., Esq.

7:00 PM – 10:30 PM

Report From Our Youth Forum

Overview: During this Youth Forum, mentees will get to showcase their talents, report on their accomplishments, and express their concerns around the pandemic.      

Facilitator
Dr. Terrence Freeman
Students’ Video Presentation

7:00 PM – 10:30 PM

Becoming A Part of the Solution and Not the Problem (Collegiate 100)

Overview: As quoted by Leroy Eldridge Cleaver, “If you are not a part of the solution, you are a part of the problem.” There are some people today who have become a hindrance in the fight towards creating a better society for all. However, there are those individuals who do triumph over the obstacles and challenges they face. During this workshop, a panel of young adults will discuss the direct actions they are taking to push change within their communities.

Moderator
Rev. Dr. Jamal-Harrison Bryant, Senior Pastor, Jamal Bryant Ministries

Panelists
Terrell Stafford, C-100 Chapter President, Texas Southern University
Nicholas André G. Johnson, First Black Valedictorian, Princeton University
Noah Harris, First Black Student Body President, Harvard University
Rev. Stephen A. Green, Senior Pastor & Activist, Heard AME Church

7:00 PM – 10:30 PM

Young, Gifted & Black (Youth)

Overview: “To Be Young, Gifted and Black”, written by Nina Simone and Weldon Irvine, became one of the most triumphant anthems of the Black Pride Movement in the 1970s. So many boys and girls grow up not fulfilling their potential or opening up their hearts to the gifts that lies within. Many people become comfortable in their situations and lack the courage to move forward. During this workshop, a panel of young adults will share their success stories on how they became gifted while being Black and encourage attendees to open up their minds to all the possibilities the future may hold.

Opening Remarks
Chrisette Michele
, Singer and Songwriter

Moderator
Dr. Tommy Watson, Speaker, Coach, & Consultant, T.A. Watson

Panelists
Elder Tyler N. Allen, Preacher, Singer, Writer, Actor, and Mentor, TNA Ministries
Dawn Parks, Miss Teen Illinois International 2021

7:00 PM – 10:30 PM

Wrap-up - What Are Our Actions?

Overview: As we conclude the final day of the Virtual 35th Annual Conference, Chairman Dortch and Vice Chairman Dotson will provide their closing actions for 100 Black Men chapters, Collegiate 100 students, youth, and communities served

Facilitators
Chairman Thomas W. Dortch Jr
.
Vice Chairman Albert E. Dotson, Jr., Esq.

PANELISTS

Dr. Mark Alexander
Dr. Mark Alexander
Health & Wellness Committee Chair
100 Black Men of America, Inc.
Elder Tyler N. Allen
Elder Tyler N. Allen
Preacher, Singer, Writer, Actor, and Mentor
TNA Ministries
David C. Banks
David C. Banks
President & CEO
The Eagles Academy Foundation
James Bell
James Bell
Retired
Birmingham VA Medical Center
John Hope Bryant
John Hope Bryant
Founder, Chairman, and CEO
Operation HOPE
Rev. Dr. Jamal-Harrison Bryant
Rev. Dr. Jamal-Harrison Bryant
Senior Pastor
Jamal Bryant Ministries
Ursula Burns
Ursula Burns
Former CEO
Xerox
Cassius F. Butts
Cassius F. Butts
President & CEO
1st Choice Credit Union
Alvin Cavalier
Alvin Cavalier
Chair
African American History Challenge Youth Competition
Dr. Michelle Claville
Dr. Michelle Claville
Director
The Nanoscience Project
Malcolm D. Coley
Malcolm D. Coley
Central-Growth Market Leader
EY
Lisa Cortés
Lisa Cortés
CEO, Producer, and Director
Cortés Films
Dr. Omar K. Danner
Dr. Omar K. Danner
Chief of Surgery
Grady Memorial Hospital/MSM
Thomas W. Dortch, Jr.
Thomas W. Dortch, Jr.
Chairman
100 Black Men of America, Inc.
Albert E. Dotson, Jr.,
Albert E. Dotson, Jr.,
Managing Partner Elect
Bilzin Sumberg LLP
Rick Fennell, M.D.
Rick Fennell, M.D.
Medical Director & Attending Physician
Cherry Hill Health Care Center
Dr. Terrence Freeman
Dr. Terrence Freeman
Founder
TransEd
Marcella Gordon
Marcella Gordon
Finance and Accounting Analyst
U.S. Department of Defense
Rev. Stephen A. Green
Rev. Stephen A. Green
Senior Pastor & Activist
Heard AME Church
Dr. Eric Griggs
Dr. Eric Griggs
Director of Health Sciences
STEM NOLA
Destinee Groover
Destinee Groover
Adult Education Tutor
Savannah Technical College
Noah Harris
Noah Harris
First Black Student Body President
Harvard University
Judge Glenda A. Hatchett
Judge Glenda A. Hatchett
Founder
The Hatchett Firm, PC
Nathaniel Haugabrook
Nathaniel Haugabrook
Chair
Dollars and $ense Youth Investment Competition
Marquis James Hill
Marquis James Hill
Motivational Speaker
@realmjhill
Dr. Michelle S. Hite
Dr. Michelle S. Hite
Associate Professor of English & Director
Ethel Waddell Githii Honors Program, Spelman College
Dr. Maurice Hobson
Dr. Maurice Hobson
Associate Professor of African-American Studies
Georgia State University/Global Groundswell, LLC
Mark Jackson, II
Mark Jackson, II
Author
Read Me or Stay Broke
Amirah Jefferson
Amirah Jefferson
Auditor, Naval Audit Service
Department of Navy
Nicholas André G. Johnson
Nicholas André G. Johnson
First Black Valedictorian
Princeton University
Kenneth Kelley
Kenneth Kelley
Immediate Past Chairman
National Bankers Association
Charles Latham
Charles Latham
Retired Quality Assurance Manager
Department of Defense (U.S. Navy)
Michelle Y. Lee
Michelle Y. Lee
Regional Banking Executive Branch Banking
Wells Fargo & Company
Bob Marshall
Bob Marshall
National Small Bus. Dev. Executive
Wells Fargo & Company
Roland S. Martin
Roland S. Martin
Journalist
NuVision Media, Inc.
Dr. Tiah E. McKinney
Dr. Tiah E. McKinney
Executive Director
The McKinney Foundation
Chrisette Michelle
Chrisette Michelle
Singer and Songwriter
Chrisette Michelle’s World
James Miller
James Miller
Co-Chair
African American History Challenge Youth Competition
Muhammad A. Nadhiri
Muhammad A. Nadhiri
Economic Empowerment Committee Chair
100 Black Men of America, Inc.
Dawn Parks
Dawn Parks
Miss Teen 2021
Illinois International Pageants
Dr. Floyd Rose
Dr. Floyd Rose
K-12 Education Committee Chair
100 Black Men of America, Inc.
Dr. Joseph Silver
Dr. Joseph Silver
Education Committee Co-Chair
100 Black Men of America, Inc.
Terrell Stafford
Terrell Stafford
C-100 Chapter President
Texas Southern University
Dr. Tommy Watson
Dr. Tommy Watson
Speaker, Coach, & Consultant
T.A. Watson
Dr. Belle Wheelan
Dr. Belle Wheelan
President
SACSCOC
Richard Allen Williams, M.D.
Richard Allen Williams, M.D.
Founder
The Association of Black Cardiologists
Dr. Kevin Williams
Dr. Kevin Williams
Chief Medical Officer
Pfizer Internal Medicine
Brianna Williams
Brianna Williams
HR Coordinator
Coca-Cola United

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