Overview: 100 Black Men of America, Inc. (the 100) is recognized as the nation’s top African American led mentoring organization. From our Four For the Future programs of Mentoring, Education, Health & Wellness, and Economic Empowerment, which are encompassed through Leadership, the 100 continues to improve the quality of life within our communities and enhance educational and economic opportunities for all African Americans. During this conversation, panelists will discuss the future vision of the 100. Attendees will leave this session feeling motivated and empowered to become self-sufficient shareholders in the economic and social fabrics of the communities we serve.
Chairman Thomas W. Dortch Jr
Eric Griggs, MD, Director of Community Medicine, Access Health Louisiana
Melanie L. Campbell, President and CEO, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation & Convener, Black Women’s Roundtable
Kristopher Mixon, President, Emerging 100 Houston
Atiyah Kennedy, Vice-President, Collegiate 100 of Georgia State University
Jacolbi Hinton, 2021 Mentee of the Year, 100 Black Men of South Metro Atlanta, Inc
Sponsor: Delta Air Lines
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.
Dr. Tiah E. McKinney, Ph.D., Executive Director, The McKinney Foundation
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
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.
Muhammad A. Nadhiri, Economic Empowerment Committee Chair, 100 Black Men of America, Inc.
Malcomb D. Coley, Central-Growth Market Leader and Charlotte & Managing Partner, EY
John Hope Bryant, Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Operation HOPE
Cassius F. Butts, Former U. S. Region IV SBA Administrator & Founder, Capital Fortitude Business Advisor
Bob Marshall, National Small Business Development Executive, Small Business Development Group, Wells Fargo & Company
Kenneth Kelly, Immediate Past Chairman, National Bankers Association
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.
Dr. Omar Danner, President & CEO, Danbar for Life, LLC & Adjunct Professor of Surgery, Morehouse School of Medicine
Richard Allen Williams, M.D., FACC, FAHA, FACP, DHL, DSC (Hon), Founder, The Association of Black Cardiologists
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
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.
Roland Martin, Journalist, NuVision Media, Inc.
Reuben Cannon, President & CEO/Reuben Cannon Entertainment
Ben Crump, Attorney, Ben Crump Law PLLC
LTG Leslie C. Smith, Inspector General, U.S. Army
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.
Chairman Thomas W. Dortch Jr.
Vice-Chairman Albert E. Dotson, Jr., Esq.