JHB at USC speech #2


About 100 Black Men of Atlanta:

In 1986, Atlanta-based entrepreneur, Nathaniel Goldston, assembled 18 of his friends and associates together to share the vision of starting a community empowerment organization that would focus on Atlanta’s underprivileged youth.  Goldston, who had been exposed to a similar concept during a business meeting in New York called One Hundred Black Men of New York, aptly named the newly formed coalition 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc.

100 Black Men of Atlanta was now one of eight 100 Black Men organizations based in cities around the nation.  Together these organizations joined forces to create 100 Black Men of America headquartered in Atlanta, which now has more than 100 chapters worldwide — with more than 10,000 members.  100 Black Men of Atlanta has grown to become one of the largest of these chapters, with over 200 members locally.

Through its programs to support Atlanta’s challenged communities, members have become actively involved in educational issues affecting youth, public policy, as well as economic, social and health issues impacting the communities it serves. The organization is often called upon to endorse efforts that support its mission.  The members of 100 Black Men of Atlanta are proud of the accomplishments of the organization and the achievements of its students. They look forward to affecting positive change for Atlanta’s challenged communities and its youth for years to come.


John Hope Bryant is a thought leader, founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE and Bryant Group Companies, Inc. Magazine/CEO READ bestselling business author of LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass) the only African-American bestselling business author in America, and is chairman of the Subcommittee for the Under-Served and Community Empowerment for the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability, for President Barack Obama.  Mr. Bryant is the co-founder of the Gallup-HOPE Index, the only national research poll on youth financial dignity and youth economic energy in the U.S. He is also a co-founder of Global Dignity with HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and Professor Pekka Himanen of Finland. Global Dignity is affiliated with the Forum of Young Global Leaders and the World Economic Forum. 


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