2020 So Far

To members and stakeholders of the 100 Black Men of Austin, we pray all is well with you and your families. We also extend our condolences to any and all who have lost a loved one during these trying times.

Although times have been tough, the 100 has not stopped its mission to improve the greater Austin community. Due to the fact that we are all so spread out and spread thin, we thought it would be a good idea to recap where we have been and where we are going for the year 2020.

As of October 11th, 2020 the 100 has accomplished the following:



13 members became (VDRs) Voter Deputy Registrars

Texas Empowerment Community Forum (Donated 10k)


During Covid
1. Raised $5,000 to help purchase 40 computers for Texas Empowerment students.

2. Volunteered and donated $2,000 to the Manor TX Covid-19 Task Force.

3. Participated in the American Heart Association Cycle Nation virtual event.

4. Members took part in the African American History curriculum being implemented in Texas High Schools.

5. 100 president spoke at the Manor Juneteenth event.

6. Donated $2,500 to the Colony Park Neighborhood Back to School Bash.

7. Purchased 20+ African American books to the Tippitt Middle School Library.

8. Started our Vote is Your Voice Campaign. 61,000 direct-mail voter registration forms across Texas to get people registered to vote.  As of today, including the VDRs registering people, we’re at 5,025 Texans registered to vote! Voter PSA ran on FOX 53 times, our social media platform was a huge success, and the team is currently working on a Vote PSA that will run through November 3rd.

9. Implemented a police task force that will start once Covid-19 subsides.

10. BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL  sponsored the 100 by hosting a 5k and donating $1,500 to the organization.

11. Members volunteered with Women in Business to deliver food to the elderly.

12. VP of Economic Development and Treasurer raised over $25,000 over the past 6 months to offset the expenses above.

13. Donated $1,100 to the Spectrum Theatre Company.

14. Sponsored 8 rising 100 members to participate in the I Live Here I Give Here Internship Program.

15.  Internal accomplishment – New membership application and orientation process.

16. Partnered with The Children’s Haven Association to launch the Family Pot Project at Texas Empowerment Academy.


Upcoming Events

1. Texas Empowerment Academy – TXEA has started a podcast interviewing professionals to air during their virtual classes.

2. American Heart Association – Virtual Heart Walk October 24, 2020.

3. Knot Standard Dress for Success Initiative – 5 – 10 High School seniors will take part in 2 virtual sessions and a private socially distant event at their studio before the holidays.

4. 2021 New Member application. The membership coordinator will introduce the 2021 new member application in October for the class of 2021. Please reach out if you are interested in referring a person for membership or joining yourself.

5. 100 Get out and Early Vote – We are organizing a day where all of us get out and early vote. Please see the VOTE PSA below that will run until November 3.

6. Membership List – Members should update their information by October 30th on the list.

100 Black Men of Austin June Newsletter

100 Black Men of Austin June Newsletter


100 Black Men of Austin Official Statements on the Ongoing Protests


As black men we are all deeply concerned about the continual state sanctioned slayings of our people. This has gone on far too long and we cannot afford to be silent.
Although there are ongoing protests occurring locally, national, and abroad we have decided not to participate as an organization. However, we will do not discourage individual participation and members can choose to attend as individuals. The executive board made this decision in light of the fact that the potential for violence is becoming increasingly high in Austin and across the country.
If you do have a desire to protest, we encourage you to be safe, wear a mask, and we ask you to not wear 100 Black Men of Austin merchandise.

Upcoming Events

Voter Registration Plan
The 100 Black men of Austin has decided that our greatest contribution to the national discourse will be to encourage our community to exercise its civic power by voting. In order to do this we have created a 3 step process.
Step 1: Become a Registrar
The first way to empower our community is to receive the proper training and become a registrar. Brother James Matlock has arranged for the 100 to have access to voter registrar(VDR) training virtually. In order to register please click on the button below. There are dates open weekly from June until August.
Step 2: Registering in The Community
After a portion of the 100 BMOA become registrars we plan on going out in the community and registering people at grocery stores and events. We will hand out mail-in voter registration forms in East Austin and Colony Park, Pflugerville, and Round Rock.
Step 3: Staffing Polling Stations
We will also be staffing/volunteering polling stations to make sure we help the voting process. This will include working as poll workers and volunteering to assist voters by providing masks, water, and snacks June 29th – July 14th. We’re about to get 1,000 – 3,000 masks to help with this initiative. More will come as the November Election comes nearer.

Recent Events 

Dr. Kevin Cokley’s Continual Exposure of The Black Experience
One of our most active members, Kevin Cokley, has been speaking and publishing about the black experience as it relates to police violence for his career. Dr. Cokley is the Oscar and Anne Mauzy Regents Professor of Educational Research and Development and director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis at The University of Texas at Austin. He is also a fellow of the UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers. He has recently been interviewed and put out a publication regarding the issues of the day. Please click the link for Dr. Cokley’s Interview with Fox 7 Austin and read his Op Ed in The Hill.

The 100 Black Men of Austin Help out the Food Bank in Manor

Recently, the 100 Black men of Austin helped The Central Texas Food Bank deliver healthy food to the Manor community. Community organizer Monique Celedon and had been running her food pantry with minimal staff and financial resources. Even short staffed and cash poor, she’s given out food to over 10,000 families since COVID-19 started. The 100 was moved by her passion for helping the community. The 100 BMOA stepped up and volunteered. Furthermore, have also decided to give Monique and the Central Texas Food bank a $2000 donation to help the cause.








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