The One Hundred Black Men of the Albany, New York Capital Region, is a committee driven organization dedicated to addressing the problems of the African-American community through the wise and efficient use of the collective talents, training, skills, and experiences of the members and of other resources within the community. One Hundred Black Men aims to be a force for positive change in the Black community.
The leadership structure of the organization includes a President, two Vice Presidents, a Treasurer, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, two Parliamentarians and nine Directors. An Executive Committee consists of all the elected officers and the Chairmen of the Standing Committees. The organization holds two meetings monthly. one, of Executive Committee, and the other of the membership.
One Hundred Black Men draws its strength from its members who are selected for exhibiting qualities of character, commitment and community spirit. Membership is open to Black Men 21 years of age and older, through sponsorship by a member in good standing, and upon approval by the Board of Directors. Our members possess expertise in a variety of professional, scientific and technical fields. Some are religious leaders and others are political, business, education, government and community leaders. They include fully employed and retired men, all wish to serve and give back to their community.
The one Hundred Black Men of Albany, New York Capital Region, Inc., was founded January 15, 1993. It is an organization of professionals who share a common goal: to give of ourselves in a manner that improves the quality of life for African-American people and other minority citizen's of New York's capital area.
We are organized to use our expertise to empower the African-American community to create meaningful positive change in living conditions. Our focus includes but is not limited to: housing, employment, public safety, education and health.
We embrace Frederick Douglass' statement that "Power Concedes Nothing Without A Demand. " To that end, we will hold accountable leaders in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Those leaders will be invited to appear periodically before this body to explain how their actions will improve the lives of this area's African-American and other minority citizens.
Through forums, panel presentations and open discussion we will be a bridge between the area's decision-makers and the African-American and minority communities. Constructive dialogue will be maintained as a path toward action and significant social change.
Through Committees named in recognition of deceased Black leaders, the organization attempts to provide a myriad of programs consistent with the fulfillment of our mission. The existing committees are thus.
Highlights of activities of the organization since its inception include.
Foundation Year--1993: Upon the recommendation of a steering committee formed during the Fall of 1992 to investigate the feasibility of creating an Albany, New York Capital Region 100 Black Men, an Interim Board was formed in January 1993. By May of the same year the first election of officers was conducted. The One Hundred Black Men of Albany, New York Capital Region was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in July 1993. Before the end of the year the newly formed organization counted as accomplishments the following:
Shortly after the installation of officers in July, appearing in the now defunct Community Chronicle that said month and in the Times Union on August 25, were articles under the above headlines. Both introduced the new organization to their readers. The founding and continuing principles of the organization were stressed. "... a committee driven organization dedicated to social change and community betterment, an organization dedicated to helping solve problems which negatively impact Blacks and other minorities especially in the areas of employment and economic development, health, education, and Criminal Justice. "
Since this initial publicity the organization has grown in recognition and stature. The Albany, New York Capital Region 100 Black Men, Inc., has lived up to the principle espoused by its members that it "... is not a social organization, " but instead aims to be a force for positive change in the Black community.
1994, the First Full Year of Operation: During 1994 the One Hundred Black Men of the Albany, New York Capital Region embarked on a ambitious program, and by year's end the following major activities were accomplished.
It will be noted that several of the dinner meetings were convened at the Schuyler Inn during the year. There is significance to the choice of location. By conducting the meetings at the Schuyler Inn which is run by the Altamont Program--a program for recovering alcohol and substance abusers--we are indirectly supporting a worthy cause, an effort that is consistent with the mission of the One Hundred Black Men.
1995, A Year of Growing Up: At the January 31, 1995 meeting of the Executive Committee, an agenda for action for 1995 was ratified. As a minimum, each committee was assigned one or more goals to accomplish during the year. The Chairman of each committee was requested to convene a meeting of their committee to review the designated goals and to add other goals as appropriate, develop supporting objectives, and report to the Executive Committee on the intended strategies and time frame for achieving the goals and objectives. Indicated below are the accomplishments by Committee during 1995ts and Culture -- Sponsored a day-long picnic at the Saratoga Spa State Park for 40 minority youths, organization members and members of the Boys Choir of Harlem. The youths were taken to the Harlem Boys Choir concert performance following the picnic.
We would have been pleased to say, we accomplished all we set out to do in 1995 and more. Honesty dictates that we do not make that categorical statement; we can, however, make a qualified statement that the organization accomplished more than planned, for some areas, did not accomplish planned goals in other areas, but overall accomplished greater than 90% of what was planned for 1995. Tasks which were planned for 1995 but not completed will be completed in 1996.
Given that the organization relies on volunteers and limited financial support from membership dues and the Annual Banquet, our accomplishments have been all the more impressive. Many of our members truly made a difference. We hope to accomplish even more as we grow, expand our membership and obtain more resources to devote to planned tasks.
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