The idea of the 100 Black Men was born in
New York City in 1963 when a body of successful men from the fields of business, industry,
public affairs, government and the professions decided to pool their skills, experiences
and resources to improve the quality of life for Blacks and other minorities. Among those
early founders were David Dinkins, Livingston Wingate and Andrew Hatcher.
In the 1970s, the concept of developing individual, independent
chapters in other cities took hold and in 1976, the 100 Black Men of New Jersey was formed
by Dr. William Hayling and others.
After New Jersey came Los Angles, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, the San
Francisco / Oakland Bay Area, Nassau/Suffolk and Sacramento. In 1986 these 9 successful
chapters resolved to create "100 Black Men of America, Inc. as a national
confederation with Dr. Hayling as the founding President.