100 Black Men of Austin Collaborated with Austin FC and Volkswagen to Have 11 Young Men Participate in the CONCAF National League Anthem Ceremony

The 100 Black Men of Austin collaborated with Austin FC and Volkswagen to have 11 young men participate in the national anthem ceremony as USA competed against Grenada in the World Cup in Austin, TX June 10, 2022.  The students had the opportunity to walk out with the USA players hand-in-hand, stand on the field and represent their families, Volkswagen, Austin, TX, 100 Black Men of Austin, and the world as the national anthems were performed.  The students and guardians were provided tickets to the game as USA defeated Grenada 5-0!

 

 

 

 

Texas Empowerment Academy’s Second Graduating Class Receives Scholarships From 100 Black Men of Austin

Texas Empowerment Academy celebrated its 2nd graduating class in 2022.  This year’s class of 9 students are heading to college and received multiple scholarships.  The 100 Black Men of Austin provided 9 – $1,000 scholarships to those students and we look forward to supporting them throughout college.

What They See is What They’ll Be.

Congratulations TxEA Class of 2022!

 

100 Black Men of Austin Response to the Uvalde Shootings

May 25, 2022

 

We are sad, angry, and frustrated, that we all have to live through another massacre of our innocent children. At the same time, we are reminded of the words of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who, paraphrasing the Buddha, reminded us that “Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” If we are to stop the consequences of hate in our communities, we must not let our anger and frustration drive us to respond in kind. It is important to remember that throughout human history, war and armed conflict of any kind has had a single consistent consequence—more death and destruction.

 

From our American history we can be certain that we will be here again. It is said that the definition of insanity is “doing the same things over and over again expecting a different result.” We will not participate in that insanity. While we understand there are those who are dealing with this as a political issue, we are a nonpartisan organization, and we view this as a public health issue.

 

This is a systemic issue within the American Culture and will not be solved by the simple solution of any kind. Putting guns in the hands of teachers; turning our schools into armed fortresses; making mental health services more widely available; or increasing background checks will not solve what is endemic to American Culture.

 

A systemic issue requires and systemic solution. American ingenuity invented ways to send astronauts to the moon and bring them home safely. NASA scientists and engineers even figured out how to deal with a catastrophic failure in the Apollo 13 mission and bring that crew home safely. If America can do all that; certainly, we can solve the catastrophic system failure that allows our children to be killed over and over again.

 

While this is a public health issue; it is also true that America lacks the political will to address this issue in a systemic way. The fact that what we experience occurs nowhere else in the world clearly demonstrates that this is an issue that is uniquely American. It also underscores the point that our elected officials lack either the skills or the will to address this issue. If the rest of the world has dealt with the safety of their children without the need for arming their teachers and turning their schools into fortresses, are we not at least as capable as they are!?!

 

If our politicians won’t act, it is up to the rest of us—private citizens; nonprofits; and private corporations—to become partners in bringing about the necessary changes so that like the rest of the world, parents can send their children to school and know they’re safe; and teachers can teach without fear of being killed. We welcome the opportunity to be a part of the solution going forward and are actively seeking partners to resolve this. We believe it is totally possible to deal with this issue safely and in a way that does not assure a reoccurrence. What has been done is so obviously totally insufficient. It is time to do what works.

 

 

Karl Spencer

President

100 Black Men of Austin, Inc.

www.100blackmenaustin.org

100 BMOA Sponsored Students and Mentees as They Study Abroad

The members of the 100 Austin chapter felt it was important that our students explore things outside of their neighborhood.  This year, we decided to take it beyond their wildest dreams by sponsoring our mentees and students as they study abroad.  The 100 sponsored 4 students to study abroad in Dubai (2), (New Zealand 1), and Cape Town (1).  Jayden Bright and Jaylen Lee went to Dubai this past March and it was life changing for both of them.  The others plan to study abroad during Maymester and this upcoming summer.

Jaylen Lee said, “Traveling abroad to Dubai and Abu Dhabi was a surreal experience the opened my eyes up a lot.  I can’t thank the 100 enough for helping make this possible!”