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. 
The world around our mentees changed forever.
Great challenges led to significant inspiration. 
We quickly evolved and adapted. 
Our students adapted.
Our partners and sponsors adapted.
The 100's inaugural virtual conference was a success. 
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.

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.

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.

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.

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

7:00 PM – 10:30 PM

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

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.

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7:00 PM – 10:30 PM

State of The 100

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.

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.

PANELISTS

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
Dr. Terrence Freeman
Dr. Terrence Freeman
Founder
TransEd
Dr. Eric Griggs
Dr. Eric Griggs
Director of Health Sciences
STEM NOLA

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