100 Black Men of Jacksonville host 100 Black Men of America Leadership Summit

Pictured are: Chairman 100 BMOA Curley Dossman; President 100 Black Men of Jacksonville Charles Griggs; Florida State Senator Audrey Gibson; President 100 BMOA Bryan Pauling and Managing Partner Law Offices of Holland & Knight Daniel Bean during 100 BMOA Leadership Summit Chairman’s Reception

Pictured are: Chairman 100 BMOA Curley Dossman; President 100 Black Men of Jacksonville Charles Griggs; Florida State Senator Audrey Gibson; President 100 BMOA Bryan Pauling and Managing Partner Law Offices of Holland & Knight Daniel Bean during 100 BMOA Leadership Summit Chairman’s Reception

The 100 Black Men of America, Inc. (100 BMOA) held their 2015 Leadership Summit December 3-5, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Jacksonville. The 100 BMOA Leadership Summit was attended by more than 120 chapter presidents, delegates and staff of the 100 BMOA.

The focus of the summit was to provide capacity building support for chapter development and the mission of the 100 BMOA. Workshop topics included Bolstering Mentoring and Education Programs for IMPACT, Keys to Building and Sustaining a Firm Foundation, and Creating Development Models to Enhance Your Chapter’s Sustainability. The summit also featured 100 BMOA Delegate Assembly to conduct the business of the organization.

Serving as local host to the Leadership Summit, the 100 Black Men of Jacksonville hosted a Chairman’s Reception at the Law Offices of Holland & Knight. Entertainment was provided by the Groove Coalition and catering by Ashley Street Caterers.

100 Black Men of America, Inc. seeks to serve as a beacon of leadership by utilizing the diverse talents of its members to create environments where our children are motivated to achieve, and to empower young men and women to become self-sufficient shareholders in the economic and social fabric of the communities we serve.


J100 spearheads “Men Tackling the Big C” Prostate Cancer Support Group

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The 100 Black Men of Jacksonville, Inc. (J100) announce the Men Tackling the Big C Prostate Cancer Support Group (MTBC) initiative. The initiative is an effort to provide support, awareness and collaboration of resources related to prostate cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment. The J100 will host MTBC Support Group meetings beginning November 24, 2015, 6:00 p.m. at the Jacksonville Urban League, 903 West Union Street. The meetings will continue the fourth Tuesday of each month at the same location.

“Unfortunately, there is a disparity in prostate cancer rates among black and white men,” said Charles Griggs, president of the 100 Black Men of Jacksonville, Inc. “We are very excited about this opportunity for men to share and build a community around prostate cancer awareness, research and policy.”

The MTBC Support Group initiative is a collaboration with the Black Male Prostate Cancer Coalition (BMPCC). The BMPCC is a collaboration of advocates and supporters working to inform men, their families and stakeholders on the benefits of screening, educational materials, support groups, advocacy opportunities, and patient navigation.

“As a prostate cancer survivor, the meetings provide an opportunity for me to share my experience with other men so they will know more about prostate cancer,” said BMPCC member A.J. Merriweather. “By spreading the word about prostate cancer, more men will have the best information available for their personal situation.”

A recent study published in the JAMA Oncology highlighted data that says black men with prostate cancer seem more likely to receive poorer quality of care that costs more compared to white men. This and other disparities related to prostate cancer make it necessary for the J100 MTBC to concentrate on support group efforts.

The focus of MTBC meetings will be to provide an agenda-based approach to dealing with issues related to improving prostate cancer outcomes and post treatment quality of life. Meetings will feature urologists, oncologists, prostate cancer survivors and other subject matter experts.

The J100 MTBC Prostate Cancer Support Group is the most recent program in the organization’s effort to draw attention to men’s health disparities. The J100 previously implemented a prostate cancer screening, awareness and education campaign effort in 2009. In 2011, the success of the program earned the J100 “Chapter of the Year for Health and Wellness” from the 100 Black Men of America.

The 100 Black Men of Jacksonville, Inc. is an affiliated chapter of the 100 Black Men of America. The mission of the J100 is to serve as accessible and committed leaders for positive change by developing and implementing responsible solutions to issues facing the African American community. The J100 areas of focus are mentoring, education, health and wellness, and economic empowerment.

For more information on the J100 MTBC Prostate Cancer Support Group, contact Donald Mitchell at 904-716-0167.


J100 & Valor participate in 5K to Celebrate Life through Healthy Living

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The 100 Black Men of Jacksonville, Inc. (J100) and the young men of Valor Academy of Leadership participated in the Tenth Annual Johnson YMCA Celebrate Life 5K Walk/Run. Participation was part of the J100 and Valor’s Healthy Living Project: 100 STRONG (Students Tackling Reducing Obesity with Nutrition & Goal-setting).

The Healthy Living Project is a mentoring initiative of the J100 and Valor. The J100 has been partnering with Valor to present Saturday Success Academy for students participating in the 100 STRONG initiative. Along with additional 5K events, future efforts will include: health education workshops, cooking demonstrations, and garden projects.


College Fair nets more that $1 Million in Scholarships

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Jacksonville, FL – The 100 Black Men of Jacksonville, Inc. (J100) hosted their 11th Annual Infinite Scholar College Fair, January 17, 2015 at the Schultz Center. This event featured more than 20 National, Regional, and local colleges and universities that included various historically black colleges and universities (HBCU’s). About 200 students and parents participated as more that more than $1.1 million in admissions and scholarships were awarded on the spot.

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Local admissions and financial aid personnel also conducted workshops on financial aid, understanding the planning process and college freshman survival tips.

Pictured left to right: Charles Griggs, President, 100 Black Men of Jacksonville; Briana Osborn, Senior, Paxon School for Advanced Studies; Le’Andre Fox, Senior Paxon School for Advanced Studies; Angela Diggs, Senior Admissions Counselor, Virginia State University. Fox and Osborn were awarded full Presidential STEM Scholarships by Virginia State University valued at $112,000 each.


J100 host Infinite Scholar College Fair: We are serious about education

Student and parents are poised to take advantage of opportunities offered by colleges and universities during the 11th Annual J100 Infinite Scholar College Fair.

Student and parents are poised to take advantage of opportunities offered by colleges and universities during the 11th Annual J100 Infinite Scholar College Fair.

The 100 Black Men of Jacksonville, Inc. (J100) will host their 11th Annual Infinite Scholar College Fair, January 17, 2015 at the Schultz Center, 4019 Boulevard Center Drive. This event will feature more than 30 National, Regional, and local colleges and universities to include various historically black colleges and universities (HBCU’s).

Local admissions and financial aid personnel will conduct workshops on financial aid, understanding the planning process and college freshman survival tips. Their will also be scholarships awarded on site.

Students should come prepared with transcripts, ACT/SAT scores (if taken), resumes and dressed for interviews.

Participating schools in the past have included, Florida State College of Jacksonville, University of North Florida, Florida State University, University of Central Florida, Hampton University, Florida A&M University, the United States Naval Academy, Bethune Cookman University and the Mayo School of Health and Sciences. The organization is still accepting additional schools for the event.

For more information, call 904-607-0660.


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J100 present Annual Infinite Scholar College Fair

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The 100 Black Men of Jacksonville, Inc. (J100) once again will be assisting the high school students of Jacksonville as they host their 11th Annual Infinite Scholar College Fair, January 17, 2015 at the Schultz Center, 4019 Boulevard Center Drive. This event will feature more than 30 National, Regional, and local colleges and universities to include various historically black colleges and universities (HBCU’s).

Local admissions and financial aid personnel will conduct workshops on financial aid, understanding the planning process and college freshman survival tips. There will also be scholarships awarded on site for qualified students.

Students should come prepared with transcripts, ACT/SAT scores (if taken), resumes and dressed for interviews.

Participating schools in the past have included, Florida State College of Jacksonville, University of North Florida, Florida State University, University of Central Florida, Hampton University, Florida A&M University, the United States Naval Academy, Bethune Cookman University and the Mayo School of Health and Sciences. The organization is still accepting additional schools for the event.

For more information, please contact the 100 Black Men of Jacksonville office at

904-764-2445. Or visit, www.100blackmenjax.org, or http://www.infinitescholar.org.