Dialogue 101: One Hundred Black Men, Inc. of New York

Deb Gordon’s guest was Michael J. Garner, President of One Hundred Black Men, Inc. of New York, which is a not for profit founded in 1963 in New York by a 100 leading community members including former New York Mayor David Dinkins, to address the issues of concern in the African American community and come up with solutions to these issues.

One Hundred Black Men Inc. of New York has grown to include 132 chapters with the mission to educate, mentor and tutor young men of color.  One Hundred Black Men Inc. of New York founded 6 Eagle Academy public schools, located in New York’s 5 boroughs and in Newark.  Every student at the school has his own mentor and the model has been so successful that the organization plans to start similar schools across the country.

“Our highest ranking student this year at the Bronx Eagle Academy applied to and was accepted to 23 colleges and he’s currently a freshman at UPenn,” said Garner discussing the success of the Eagle Academy.   “Something that we are doing on Saturday mornings with respect to mentoring, with respect to counselling, is working.”

One Hundred Black Men, Inc. of New York also provides scholarships to deserving young men and will be hosting its 35th annual benefit Gala on Thursday, February 19, at the New York Hilton.  The Honorable Charles Rangel is among the night’s honorees.  The event will help raise funds for the free, vital programs and services the organization provides to young men of color.

“If there’s a void in the home we’re there to make sure that they’re getting guidance, that they’re given positive reinforcement and reassurance that they can make it.  And it’s working – 89% of our students are going to college,” stated Garner.

For more information and to help support One Hundred Black Men, Inc. of New York, visit www.ohbm.org.

–Deb Gordon/WCBS-FM

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