100 BMOA Class of 2022 Members

The 100 Black Men of Austin welcomed their 2022 class of members at Black Pearl Books.  This was the largest installation of members (17) and Chris Singleton was acknowledged as an honorary member.

“What They See Is What They’ll Be”



As part of The 100 Black Men of Austin, Inc.’s Cultural Competency  Initiative and in honor of Black History Month, the organization will welcome inspirational  speaker, author and former professional baseball player, Chris Singleton. Singleton  became a nationally renowned speaker with a message of resilience, forgiveness and  unity following the loss of his mother in the 2015 Mother Emanuel Church tragedy in  Charleston, SC. where nine black bible study participants were killed by a self proclaimed white supremacist. Chris’s speech on overcoming hate with love has gotten  him featured on Lifetime, ESPN E:60, USA Today, CNN, and Fox News.  

His first children’s books, Different – A Story About Loving Your Neighbor, has been  featured by numerous outlets, including The Obama Foundation. His newest book, Your  Life Matters, is equal parts homage to historical and contemporary Black figures and a  reminder of the greatness that lives within each child. It reassures children everywhere  that no matter what they hear, no matter what they experience, no matter what they’re  told, their lives matter

Singleton’s Austin appearance, sponsored by 100 Black Men of Austin, Inc. and hosted  by Black Pearl Books – a local, black-owned bookstore, will include a book donation to the Austin Public Library, book readings at  three local elementary schools along with free books distributed to the students.  Singleton will also speak to a group of local High School students, and a group of  student athletes at Huston-Tillotson University. 

“Chris’s story of overcoming hate with love, is a message we all need to hear. His life is  an example of how love can break barriers and unite people, and that is an inspiration  for any age.” Said Karl Spencer, President, 100 Black Men of Austin, Inc., “We are  excited to once again partner with Black Pearl Books on our Cultural Competency  Initiative where the goal is to increase literacy, make reading fun for kids, support teachers by providing resources to engage with their students, and distribute culturally  relevant books.”

Soulciti Article – https://soulciti.com/100-black-men-giving-away-700-books-with-black-pearl-books/

Fox News Segment – https://fox7austin.com/news/after-losing-his-mom-in-church-shooting-author-chris-singleton-stops-in-austin-to-inspire-students




100 Black Men of Austin Partners with Amazon to Help Those in Need Locally, Nationally, and Internationally

The 100 Black Men of Austin were chosen to participate in a pilot program with Amazon in 2020.  As part of the pilot, The 100 BMOA were able to select organizations locally, nationally, and internationally that focused on the homeless, underserved communities, and kids.  These organizations provided a list of their needs and the 100 ordered and shipped items to their organizations via Amazon.  Amazon donated and shipped coats, gloves, clothes, diapers, sanitary items, toys, PPE, furniture, and backpacks to the organizations/communities. Since October 2020, the 100 Black Men of Austin and Amazon has provided 272,887 items to the following organizations;

Local organizations;

Partnerships for Children
Austin Diaper Bank
Any Baby Can
Colony Park Neighborhood Association
Georgetown Project
The Nest
A New Entry
Texas Empowerment Academy
Neighborhood Longhorn

National Organizations;

Gentlemen’s Room – NY
Women’s Advocacy – St Louis
Operation Love 3rd Ward – Houston
Love Us Foundation – Chicago
Momma’s House – NY
Queens High – NY
100 Indianapolis
100 Beaumont
100 Chicago
100 Long Island
100 Syracuse

International Organizations;

Paint Our Future – Nairobi, Kenya Africa (Orphanage/Autistic school)
Belizean Education Empowerment (Orphanages)




100 Black Men of Austin Loses Kickball Game to Texas Empowerment Academy

The 100 Black Men of Austin, Inc. challenged the students at TXEA to a game of kickball.  Members told the kids how talented they were and their legs were still strong enough to get a victory.  TXEA students executed short and long kicks to take the early lead.  100 BMOA fought back and took at 2-run lead into the last inning.  TXEA kicked their way to a 1-run victory and all of the 100 members limped their way back to their vehicles.

“What They See is What They’ll Be.”