The chairman of 100 Black Men of America, Inc., Thomas W. Dortch, Jr., rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Monday in honor of the organization’s 36th anniversary. Dortch was joined by members of the organization, Mayor Eric Adams and Alabama State University president Dr. Quinton T. Ross, Jr.

Earlier this month, The Wells Fargo Foundation donated $800,000 to the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. to expand economic empowerment programming for youth, underserved communities and the members of the 100.

Alabama State University president Dr. Quinton T. Ross, Jr. Credit: Contributed

“As a company we share a common vision with the 100 for greater racial and economic equity and closing the racial wealth gap in our country,” said Otis Rolley, president of the Wells Fargo Foundation and head of Philanthropy and Community Impact. “The 100 is known for empowering generations of black youth and we look forward to continuing our work together to engage young people and prepare them for financially independent futures.”

100 Black Men was founded in New York City in 1963. The national organization, 100 Black Men of America, Inc., began with nine chapters in 1986 as a national alliance of leading African-American men of business, public affairs and government with a mission to improve the quality of life for African-Americans, particularly African-American youth. 

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