Georgia Governor Nathan Deal will be the keynote speaker at 100 Black Men of Atlanta Inc.’s Annual Stakeholders & Community Briefing, Wednesday, April 24, at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

The luncheon, presented by The Coca-Cola Company, will begin at 11:30 a.m. and spotlight the achievements of the students of the organization’s community initiative, “Project Success.”

At the event, 100 Black Men of Atlanta Chairman Gregory L. Hawkins, C.E.O. SOAR Hospitality Group, LLC, will pass the gavel to the 15th chairman of the board, Henry A. Kelly, CPA, project executive, Georgia Power Company.

Also participating on program will be, Craig A.Williams, vice president, North America, The McDonald’s Division, The Coca-Cola Company; Jason A. Julien, Stinson, Morrison Hecker, LLP, Project Success Phase III Alumnus; the Rev. Raphael Warnock, senior pastor, Ebenezer Baptist Church; Kathleen Bertrand, senior V.P. Community and Government Affairs, Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Atlanta City Council President Ceasar C.Mitchell, Esq.

“This year our theme is ‘The Power of One,'” said John T. Grant Jr., CEO of 100 Black Men of Atlanta Inc. “We are celebrating the accomplishments of the first graduating class of eight in Project Success Phase IV, and we believe the support of just one individual can make a huge difference in the lives of each our youth.”

Alexander Greene, Phase IV, college freshman at Stetson University, noted: “This program has helped me understand school better and has taught me life skills that will help once I graduate. Growing up without a father consistently present was taking a toll on my life.

Through this program I found allies and positive role models who gave me opportunities I never would have imagined. Now I understand the power that I hold over my destiny and how I can contribute to the change I want to see in my neighborhood.”

Those in attendance will include corporate and non-profit community leaders, officials from city, county and state governments and members of the 100. Tickets are available at $85 each or $850 for a table of 10 and can be purchased online at or by calling 404-525-6220.

Proceeds will benefit the Project Success Scholarship Fund, which allows individuals to contribute directly to support the post-secondary expenses of students.

Project Success 100 Scholars Phase IV College Graduates to be recognized at the luncheon are:

DeMarcus Acree, Clayton State University; Dewitt Harris, University of West Georgia; Naomi Jean-Pierre, Howard University; Shanquesia Jones, Johnson & Wales University; Muhammad Lucious, Bethune Cookman University; Brenton McCullough, Atlanta Metropolitan College; Jasmine Moore, Howard University; Douglas Peters, Georgia Southern University; Jamal Releford, University of Georgia; Lesha Simpson, Georgia State University; Antonika Souder, Agnes Scott College; Patrick Lai-Fang, Kenneth Perry Jr., and Malcolm Perry, College of Wooster.

Honorary event chairmen are Michael K. Anderson, president and CEO, Georgia Power Foundation Inc., Nathaniel R. Goldston III, chairman and CEO, Gourmet Services Inc. and Milton J. Little Jr., President, United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta.

(Photo: Henry Kelly of Georgia Power is installed as new chairman of the 100 Black Men Of Atlanta.)

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