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(back row, l-r) Fitzgerald Miller, 1st vice president, new members Darryl Mack, Renaldo Stroud, Charles Archer, Esq., Kevin Brown, OHBM president Phil Banks Jr., and new members Stepfone Montgomery, Perry Fogg, Mark Clement, James Hendricks and Lacy DuBose IV (front row, l-r) new members Alex Brown; Jeffrey Raphael; Mark Brantley, Esq., Lamont Mency, Lamar Myers and Phillip Britton

*The mission of the One Hundred Black Men of America, Inc. (OHBM) is to improve the quality of life within our communities and enhance educational and economic opportunities for all African Americans.  It takes men of strong character and commitment to uphold the high standards set by the distinguished organization; and OHBM prides itself on the quality of men it attracts.

A new crop of stouthearted members were inducted into the OHBM New York chapter by Philip Banks Jr., president of OHBM-NY, at the organization’s 48th annual celebration of Founders Day on Thursday, December 15, 2011 at The Cornell Club, New York that was attended by some 200 members, friends and supporters.

“We are honored to administer the oath of membership to 24 men of the highest standing and caliber befitting one of the nation’s leading volunteer organizations,” said Banks.   “We are confident that each of these men will be a tremendous asset to our chapter.”

The new members are Andres Alexander, manager & senior analyst, AIG; Charles Archer, Esq., CEO, Evelyn Douglin Center for Serving People In Need; Mark Brantley, Esq., chairman of the board, Municipal Credit Union; Phillip Britton, consultant and partner, Equitable Dev Consultants; Alex Brown, assistant facilities manager, record and grants, Sesame Workshop; Kevin Brown, actor & president, Brownstone Entertainment; Mark Clement, New York Police Department Sergeant; and

Senay Dawitt, senior valuation analyst, Federal Home Loan Bank of New York; Lacy DuBose IV, agency field executive, State Farm; Perry Fogg, owner, Perry Fogg Couture Concepts; James Hendricks, senior director, Human Resources, ESPN; Zachary James, Premium All-Access Manager, New Jersey Nets; Earl Ian Laidlow, Esq., attorney & president, Earl Ian Laidlow Esq., P.C.; Andrew Lyttle, area sales manager, United Parcel Service; Darryl Mack, assistant principal, Yonkers Board of Education; and Lamont Mency, manager, product development, OHBM, Inc.; Stepfone Montgomery, vice president & chief officer, MTA Staten Island Railway; Lamar Myers, associate, Alvarez & Marsal; Jeffrey Raphael, investment banking analyst, Credit Suisse; Frederick Richardson, contract investigator, MSM Security Services, LLC; Quentin Roach, senior vice president & chief procurement officer, Bristol-Myers Squibb; Andrew Scott, account & project manager, First Data Corp; Renaldo Stroud, president & CEO, C.O.B.O Investigations, LLC; and Stephen Tyson, Jr., college advisor, Harlem Children’s Zone.

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Presidents’ Achievement Award recipient Eugene Marsh with board members (from left) Rudolph Coombs, Myron Williams, Bennie Hadnott, Phil Banks Jr., Felton Johnson, Darryl Williams, Mark Smith, Will Brown and Fitzgerald Miller

Prior to the main event, member Eugene Marsh, president and CEO of the Princeton, New Jersey-based Construction Project Management Services, Inc., was awarded the Presidents Achievement Award.  “Eugene Marsh is being awarded today for his outstanding contributions and dedication to not only his own business, but to One Hundred Black Men as well,” observed Banks.

Among the distinguished guests were former OHBM presidents Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, Jr., and Paul Williams, Jr.; David Banks, principle, Eagle Academy; Terrence Banks, OHBM member; Hon. Leroy Comrie, Deputy Majority Leader, New York City Council; and Natatia Griffith, honorary president, New York Coalition of One Hundred Black Women and Commissioner, New York City Commission on Women’s Issues.

Also Virginia M. Montague, president, New York Coalition of One Hundred Black Women; Norman Seabrook, president, New York City Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association; Avalyn P. Simon, 2nd vice president, New York Coalition of One Hundred Black Women; Patricia Thomas, facilitator, New York Chapter Women Presidents’ Organization; and The Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III who delivered words of wisdom to the new inductees

In closing, Banks noted, “Today some of New York City’s and the entire country’s most talented professionals  have joined our organization with a pledge to address the needs of our community which are at an all-time high during this time of unprecedented local, national and international challenges.”

One Hundred Black Men, Inc. of New York City was founded in 1963 when a group of successful African American men came together to pool their resources to positively impact the Black community.

One Hundred Black Men, Inc.’s service projects focus on mentoring, education, health and wellness, and economic empowerment.  The organization has a long and successful history working with its corporate and community partners to make significant differences in the lives of the communities it serves.

A celebrated example is the establishment of The Eagle Academy for Young Men in the Bronx, with a focus on academic excellence, leadership and character development and more recently, Eagle Academies have opened in Brooklyn and Queens.  For more information about The One Hundred Black Men, Inc., call 212-777-7070 or log on to www.ohbm.org(Photos by Tyrone Rasheed)

Audrey J. Bernard is an established chronicler of Black society and Urban happenings based in the New York City area.

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