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100 Black Men of Los Angeles host 40th Anniversary Gala
By Sentinel News Service
Published October 14, 2021

Oct. 23 event to honor Maxine Waters, Holly Mitchell and Dr. Thomas Parham, Wells Fargo and Salesforce

The 100 Black Men of Los Angeles will be holding its 40th Anniversary Virtual Gala on Saturday, Oct. 23, at 5pm.

Founded in 1981, the mission of 100 Black Men of Los Angeles is to improve the quality of life for African Americans and other minorities through the enhancement of educational and economic opportunities.  The non-profit professional mens organization provides talent and leadership to Black youth.


More than 23,000 students have utilized its programs and 90 percent of their students matriculate to college.

“We help drive positive impact for our youth in the Los Angeles community in the areas of Mentoring, Education, Health and Wellness and Economic Empowerment,” said Kirk Williams, Sr., organization president.  “Our members represent a variety of professions and they are eager to share their expertise and thereby uplift our communities.”

Tickets for the Oct. 23 event are $100 each.  Unlike several “virtual” events that have been staged during the pandemic, this gala being planned by 100 Black Men of Los Angeles will actually include delivered meals, at an additional cost. There are four options for the dinner, ranging from roast beef to a vegetarian pasta dish.  Tickets and meals can be purchased at The last day to order meals and cocktails is Friday, Oct. 15.

This year, the organization will present the Lifetime Achievement Award to the Honorable Rep. Maxine Waters (D-43); its Woman of the Year Award to L.A. County Supervisor Holly J. Michell; and the Man of the Year Award to Thomas A. Parham, President of Cal State Dominguez Hills (CSUDH).  Community Partner Awards will be given to Salesforce and Wells Fargo Bank.

Corporate sponsors include Enterprise Rent-A-Car, iBoss, Los Angeles Capital; Mervyn M. Dymally AA Political & Economic Institute, Neudesic, FTI Consulting, UCLA Health, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, City of Hope, and United Way Greater Los Angeles.

There will be surprise celebrity guests and performances by top Billboard recording artist Nia Allen.


Sponsorships are still available. For more information about 100 Black Men of LA and its programs for middle and high school students, visit


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