In the summer of 1989, some of the local ministers and community leaders approached Attorney Coleman Eaton with their concerns about the Black youth in the south metro Atlanta area. Just like these community leaders, Attorney Coleman Eaton was concerned about the lack of leadership and mentoring of our youth in the Clayton County and South Fulton County area.
He also was concerned about how our youth were being perceived.
In the fall of 1990, Attorney Coleman Eaton called a meeting with James Collier, Attorney Hillman J. Toombs, Reverend Charles W. Grant, Sherman Lemon and Randall Ponder, to discuss his concerns. Each of these men agreed that they needed to do something to help the young men in the community. The group found that throughout the metro area, there were the same concerns for our youth. The group met with Dr. Joseph Hoffman, who was then President of the Atlanta Chapter of the 10 Black Men. Dr. Hoffman was instrumental in helping to organize the South Metro Chapter.
The young South Metro group petitioned the National Organization of 100 Black Men of America for permission to form a chapter. Through the tireless efforts of Attorney Coleman Eaton, a charter was granted for the South Metro Chapter, and the 100 Black Men of South Metro was born. The founding members were Attorney Coleman Eaton, James Collier, Attorney Hillman J. Toombs, Reverend Charles W. Grant, Sherman Lemon, and Randall Ponder.
The focus of the South Metro Chapter of 100 Black Men is: To provide mentoring, education, leadership training and to serve as role models. “Real Men Giving Real Time.”
The first organizing meeting was held at the Atlanta Airport Hilton. A plan was developed to provide a mentor to each of the young men who would be accepted into a program that was designed for their development into manhood. The flagship Mentoring Program included classes, other enrichment, education opportunities and scholarships. Funds for these activities were raised through the Southern Crescent Ball. The Southern Crescent Ball is now called the Celebration of Excellence Dinner.
This year the 100 Black Men of South Metro, Incorporated will be celebrating 28 years. The chapter is excited to have reached this milestone. From 1990 until now the 100 Black Men of South Metro, Incorporated has positively affected the youth in the Atlanta Metropolitan area. Over 1,500 mentees have gone through the 100 Black Men of South Metro, Incorporated mentoring program since its inception. The chapter is delighted to also have contributed over
1.6 Million dollars in scholarships. In 2016 the chapter was named 100 Black Men of America, Inc. Education Chapter of the Year. In 2017, we were awarded Chapter of the Year in Mentoring and home to the 2017 Mentor of the Year, Mr. Paul Vaughn. The 100 Black Men of South Metro, Incorporated proudly continues to cultivate African American leaders.