The overall concept of the “100” began in New York in 1963 when a group of concerned African American men began to meet to explore ways they could improve conditions in their community for young males. The group eventually adopted the name, the “100 Black Men” as a sign of solidarity. These visionaries were business and industry leaders such as David Dinkins, Robert Mangum, Dr. William Hayling, Nathaniel Goldston III, Livingston Wingate, Andrew Hatcher, and Jackie Robinson. Subsequently, this idea was duplicated in other cities and to date there are 118 chapters worldwide.
During the Spring of 1990, a small group of African American Business and Civic leaders met at the Louisville Urban League office to discuss the plight and apparent hopeless of the young African American males in the city of Louisville. After meaningful and careful discussion, a decision was made to apply for membership into the 100 Black Men of America, Inc.
The original founders of the 100 Black Men of the Louisville, Inc., Chapter were George King, Sam Robinson, Lenny Lyles, Art Walters, Ben Richmond, and Roger Reynolds.
Since its inception membership has grown, solid programs and initiatives have been implemented, a working partnership has been forged with the Jefferson County Public School system, and a positive presence and community support has been established in the city of Louisville and its surrounding areas.
The 100 Black Men of Louisville, Inc., has two Collegiate 100 Chapters that is an auxiliary organization that extends the 100’s mission on college and university campuses. The first Collegiate 100 chapter in Kentucky was founded at the University of Louisville during the spring of 2004 and Kentucky State in 2009.