100 Black men of America Inc. Conference Recap
This past week, 100 Black Men of America, Inc. held their 27th Annual Conference. Three members of Matlock’s Reputation team attended the conference, working on media relations, social media and content development. Here’s a little bit about the conference as described by first time attendee, Account Coordinator Erika Ludwig.
With the theme of Optimizing Health & Wellness: Mind, Body and Spirit, 100 Black Men of America, Inc.’s 27th Annual Conference was an invaluable experience. I attended the conference as a part of the staff, where my responsibilities included creating content for the 100’s social media platforms, taking notes at the workshops to later develop content for their newsletter, and assisting with media relations & script development. In fact, Matlock secured media coverage for the 100 during conference.
First and foremost, for those of you who may not be familiar with the organization, 100 Black Men of America, Inc. is an organization that strives to improve the quality of life in our communities and enhance the educational and economic opportunities for African Americans, with over 100 chapters worldwide.
Each year during their annual conference, the 100 holds a Community Empowerment Project, (CEP). This year, the CEP was a health and wellness fair for the Central New Orleans Community where residents received health education that included: disease prevention strategies, diet and exercise, disaster preparedness, spiritual health, financial health, and affordable health care access. In addition, health screenings on HIV/AIDS, prostate cancer, breast cancer, dental, and stroke were available, as well as body mass and blood pressure checks. Exhibits and demonstrations on health-promoting subjects, such as how to cook nutritious meals, were also offered. It was certainly a festive atmosphere with food, fun and games to engage the entire family.
Here are a few photos from the Community Empowerment Project:
100 Black Men of America, Inc. has more than 100,000 youth participants annually in its mentoring and youth development programs. The annual conference is a culmination of the work the 100 did from the year prior. The conference is also a time where members and mentees from all of the chapters worldwide congregate and attend workshops, award ceremonies, youth competitions and events.
One of the things that I found personally moving was the drive and motivation the youth had. The young men were walking around neatly dressed in suits, and attentively attended their workshops. The young people at conference (both young men and women) asked a lot of questions and were respectful of one another. One of the youth workshops I observed was about overcoming negative peer pressure. Some of the kids had been through a lot, yet through it all they bounced back - resilient and stronger than they were before - thanks to their 100 mentors and chapters.
The 100 does great things for communities, in particular enhancing educational and economic opportunities for all African Americans and more specifically, African American youth.
It has been an honor working with this amazing organization, and I look forward to working with the 100 in the future.
If you would like to learn more about 100 Black Men of America, Inc., or even watch video recaps of the conference, please follow this link to the website: http://www.100blackmen.org/home.aspx
I will leave you with a few photos I took during the conference at various events .