The 100 Black Men of London is a community based charity led by Black men focusing on Mentoring, Education, Economic Empowerment, and Health & Wellness. We call these our ‘Four for the Future’.
Our programmes are varied and diverse, including our free and accredited Community Mentoring Programme, Leadership Development Programme, 100 Book Club, Black Heroes Walk and others. Each of our programmes serve a critical need within the community and allow us to work and interact with children and parents, who benefit from the passion and commitment of our members and volunteers.
As an organisation led by Black men we are particularly focused on leadership and provide all our members and volunteers with training and development opportunities to improve skills and experience in Leadership, Mentoring, Project Management, Presentation & Communication, Team Building and more, making the 100 the place where Black men and women come to grow.
The 100 Black Men movement begun in New York City in 1963, when a concerned group of Black men came together to develop a local organisation to implement programmes designed to improve the quality of life in their community. These founding fathers included David Dinkins (who went on to become Mayor of New York), Dr Bill Haley and other community luminaries. The success of this initial organisation led to the establishment of other chapters all over the USA leading to the formation of the 100 Black Men of America, and the 100 Black Men International.
The first international chapter was opened in Birmingham, UK and today there are 118 chapters across America, the UK and the Caribbean. Prominent members include former US Secretary of State, General Colin Powell, Kenneth Chenault (President, American Express), oscar winning actor Denzel Washington, basketball legend Magic Johnson, filmmaker Spike Lee and comedian Bill Cosby.
The 100 Black Men of London was founded in 2001 and became a registered charity in 2004.
Our first Youth Debate took place in 2008 and Tommie Smith attended an event hosted by us to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Black Power Salute.
The first Family Fun Day was held in 2009 and our pilot programme for our Peer Mentoring Programme was launched in that year.
2010 saw our Parents in Partnership programme begin and our inaugural Black Heroes Walk took place in Brockwell Park.
In 2011 we held our first Audience with Our Children debate, and also launched the 100 Book Club (Real Black Men Read) with an event that featured presentations from author Alex Wheatle, and legendary Olympic athlete, Dr Tommie Smith.
In October we held a one day conference, Being a Black Man in 21st Century London with speeches, debates, workshops and stalls. The year ended with our 10th Year Anniversary Gala.
2012 saw our new East London Community Mentoring Programme commence in Stratford and we held a special Father’s Day celebration meal at Rhythm Kitchen as part of our Quality Time event.
2013 saw 0ur Me I Can Be Mentoring Programme extended to West London with a Parents Programme operating in every area, North, South, East and West London.
In 2014 we launch our innovative Leadership Development Programme, delivering skills and awareness training through a programme rooted in African principles and drawing on Black historical examples of leadership.
Honorary members include former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, Lennox Lewis, acclaimed Educator Professor Gus John and celebrated actor, playwright and broadcaster Kwame Kwei Armah.