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.