In 1994 eleven visionary men with a concern and a feeling of responsibility to the Houston community came together to form the Houston chapter of 100 Black Men of
Metropolitan Houston Chapter, Inc. an organization whose expressed purpose is improving the quality of life for African-Americans and other minorities. The founding fathers of the Houston organization represented a wide-range of talented professional men in the Houston community who recognized that by directing resources toward the community’s youth through programs which cultivate creativity, stress academic achievement and emphasize social responsibility they would be able to insure the future for a vast number of Houston Youth. Understanding that this would not be an easy task, 100 Black Men of Houston set as their goal empowering young people through mentoring, education, health and wellness and economic development programs.
The 100 Black Men of Metropolitan Houston Chapter shares in the fundamental ideas and philosophy which were espoused by the founders in 1963 in New York City . Nationally, there are over 105 chapters, more than 10,000 members in cities around the country, and we impact over 100,000 youth annually through our mentoring and youth development programs.
In Houston the men have work tirelessly to bring a local focus to issues that resonate nationally. In 1996 the group in partnership with Merck Pharmaceuticals and M. D. Anderson Cancer Hospital commissioned a play which raised the awareness of the devastation of Prostrate Cancer in black men, from this play a prostrate screening program was initiated. The screening program was so successful it became the model for the national 100 Black Men of America, Inc. screening program. Today there is a national on-going prostrate awareness campaign and yearly screenings which have saved countless lives by early detection.
Always men of action and dedicated to the improvement of the community The 100 Black Men of Houston have many accomplishments most notably:
• Awarded over $75,000 in college scholarships to promising 1 st year college students.
• Yearly since 1996 the men have conducted a food and toy drive which has benefited thousands of kids ages 11-18. Additionally, in 2005 in partnership with the University of Houston and Santa Elves, the 100 donated 75 new bicycles and more than $3000 in gift certificates to needy Houston families.
• A mentoring program is currently located at Texas Southern University, which allows the group to reach inner city schools and churches in the Greater Houston area to encourage more young people to become involved in the mentoring program.
Currently the Houston chapter has 125 members representing a cross section of the community and includes politicians, ministers, businessmen, doctors, educators, and numerous other professionals.