100 BLACK MEN OF HOUSTON
By Joy Sewing
Since 1994, 100 Black Men of Houston has been working quietly to make a difference in the city’s African-American community. But the group took the spotlight last week with its inaugural black-tie dinner and gala at the Edwin Hornberger Conference Center in the Texas Medical Center.
With nearly 600 in attendance, the organization toasted years of providing community programs, including mentoring services, prostate screenings and financial-literacy education. The group also honored community leaders: the Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell; Laurence Payne, chairman of the Education Foundation of Harris County; Channel 2’s Khambrel Marshall; astronaut Dr. Bernard Harris; Dr. Edith Irby Jones; and Shell Oil Company Foundation vice president Albert Myres.
President-elect Mark Williams, with Dr. Felicia Austin by his side, said the organization, which has grown from 11 founding members to some 120, wanted a signature event to create more awareness of its efforts, as well as to raise money for scholarships. Five scholarships were presented during the evening.
The 100 Black Men of America Inc. is an international organization with 106 chapters and a membership of nearly 11,000.
Also in attendance were the group’s president, Dr. John Rudley, who is also president of Texas Southern University; chairman Darnell Joseph; vice president of programs Dr. Frazier Wilson; Janell Redmond Wiltz and her son Leland F. Redmond II; board member Michael Harris with his wife Tammy Harris; Zoe Jackson-Jarra; Lloyd Gite; and A.J. Harris.
The night was hosted by comedian Marcus D. Wiley with music by jazz and R&B vocalist Eric Roberson. HiramStyle created the night’s elegant mood, which featured dazzling displays of white roses and feathers.
SOURCE: Houston Chronicle