WHO WE ARE
THE 100 BLACK MEN OF AMERICA, INC. IS RECOGNIZED AS THE NATION’S TOP AFRICAN AMERICAN LED MENTORING ORGANIZATION.
The 100 Black Men of Metropolitan St. Louis was formed in 1983 by Jessie C. Swanigan and Fredrick B. Wright as a mechanism through which prominent black men in St. Louis metropolitan area could leverage their collective talent, ability and energy toward achieving meaningful gains for the black community. The organization is dedicated to providing mentoring development. On a national level, there are over 121 chapters and over 15,000 members across the United States, England and Bahamas. The St. Louis chapter was one of 5 founding chapters of the national organization “100 Black Men America.” The 100, is a diverse non-partisan collection of men at the top of their game in a variety of industries. Our membership consists of business owners, executives, professionals, educators, politicians, and religious leaders. Despite our membership’s diversity we share three things in common: a commitment to brotherhood, communities, and taking positive goal-directed action. Since our founding, we have continued to serve as a catalyst for community empowerment while also providing a much needed support system.
The mission of the 100 Black Men of Metropolitan St. Louis is to improve the quality of life within our communities and enhance educational and economic opportunities for all African Americans.
The vision of the 100 Black Men of Metropolitan St. Louis is to serve as a beacon of leadership by utilizing our diverse talents to create environments where our children are motivated to achieve and to empower our people to become self-sufficient shareholders in the economic and social fabric of the communities we serve.
100 Black Men of America of Metropolitan St. Louis is committed to the intellectual development of youth and the economic empowerment of the African American community based on the following precepts: respect for family, spirituality, justice, and integrity.
WHAT THEY SEE IS WHAT THEY'LL BE ®
“What They See Is What They’ll Be®”is more than a motto. It is a source of motivation for all members in our 100 Black Men chapter network. Additionally, our motto serves as a constant reminder that we must consistently commit ourselves to personifying the type of people our children will look up to and emulate. We fully embrace the immense responsibility we have to our mentees and our communities.
The 100 Black Men of Metropolitan St. Louis focuses on our signature “Four for the Future” programs: Mentoring, Education, Health & Wellness and Economic Development.