The 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc. is deeply saddened by the events that have occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia and across our nation. We send our deepest condolences to the families of Heather Heyer, Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Berke M. M. Bates, who tragically lost their lives during the Charlottesville protests. We continue to pray for all of the other victims, their families and the community, as a whole. We fully expect those that violated the law by inciting violence and committed the heinous acts that led to the tragic loss of life in Charlottesville to be swiftly brought to justice.
We, as an organization, stand firmly with the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. and all of our chapters across this world in the fight against hatred, bigotry, xenophobia, prejudice and racism in all forms. We believe that, as a nation, we must fully embrace diversity and inclusion in order to ensure our nation fulfills its ultimate promise to its citizens. We believe that standing united to ensure opportunities for all people of this country will allow our nation to leverage the vast talents available in our citizenry to truly make America the “shining city upon a hill”.
We truly believe in the ideals and promise of America. We look forward to working with our young people, their parents, our elected officials, the community, our supporters and all of our other constituents to ensure that our nation lives up to the ideal that “all men are created equal” and truly fulfills its promise to all.
Let us all ask ourselves if not us, then who?
Don C. Vassel Kevin A. Gooch Larry L. Johnson
Chief Executive Officer Chairman-Elect Chairman of the Board
About 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc.
The 100 Black Men of Atlanta was founded in 1986 with the goal of providing youth empowerment programs for youth living in at-risk environments. The organization achieves its youth mentoring mission through a focus of four key areas: educational support, economic empowerment, health & wellness, and leadership development. Members serve as hands-on role models for Atlanta’s underserved youth through programs such as Project Success, its flagship youth development program, the 100 Scholars Robotics STEM program, the Best Academy leadership program, free academic tutoring through it’s Saturday School program, and provision of scholarships to 100 Scholars for their entire post-secondary education. Through these programs 100 Scholars have achieved higher graduation rates from high school and college when compared to national averages.