HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — The concept of empowerment through education has always been inextricably interwoven through the very organizational fabric of the 100 Black Men of America during its 41-year existence. So it was very apropos that the theme, “Education in an Era of Change,” would be power the 28th annual national conference at the Westin Diplomat hotel in South Florida.
With the continued partnership corporations like Cadillac and the General Motors foundation, the Atlanta-based national mentoring organization attracted more than 2,000 urban sophisticates to its edifying convention and generated more than $5.1 million for the local Hollywood-Fort Lauderdale section of South Florida.
The 100 Black Men conference was augmented with celebrities and dignitaries as the likes of comedian Jonathan Slocumb, En Vogue, Joe, Erica Campbell of spiritual supergroup Mary Mary, Sevyn Streeter, Trevor Jackson, educator Dr. Dennis Kimbro, celeb fitness expert Donna Richardson, Olympic hero Tommy Smith and former NBA superstar Dikembe Mutombo, along with many others, who were on hand to be honored and participate in arguably the most prestigious African American-themed conferences in the country.
The comprehensive conference offered a plethora of informational, educational and uplifting sessions, including a town hall meeting, workshops, education summit and community empowerment project, to go along with their nightly awards programs.
“When we come to a community and we hold these workshops and conferences within the confines of the hotel, that’s not all we want to do,” Curly Dossman Jr. told the media. “We always want to have an impact outside the walls… and leave a living legacy that will have an impact on the local community.”
Since its founding in 1963, 100 Black Men has fought to enhance the quality of life, educational opportunities and economic empowerment of the African-American community, with a strong emphasis on urban youth. In fact, In 2012, more than $67 million in college scholarships was awarded through the group’s efforts to mentor, educate and empower young people of color.
Take a look at the photographic highlights from the 28th Annual 100 Black Men Convention in South Florida through the eyes of Cadillac and General Motors.