Today’s 100: Issue 1, February 2021

A Publication of the 100 Black Men of Coastal North Carolina

Issue 1, February 2021

Students Learn Life-Long Banking Skills

More than 20 students are learning about banking, credit cards, checking accounts and more in the Hands-On Banking Program sponsored by grant from Wells Fargo.  Students in the eighth grade through high school in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties can earn up to $200 in funds to match the student’s contribution.

The Zoom sessions are every other Saturday from February 13 through May 8.  Questions should be directed to Stan Hixon at [email protected]

Academy Graduate Hired as Technology Assistant

Adan Narvaez Munguia, a 2018 alum of the Success Academy, has been hired as a Technology Assistant for the chapter.  Adan is a student at University of North Carolina-Wilmington.  In the part-time position with the chapter, he assists in all technology needs, including video conferencing and the website.  He is a summer work-study intern at Michelin USA.

Fred Allen Raises More Than $500

Congratulations to member Fred Allen raised more than $500 for the chapter through a Facebook fundraiser.  Fred used the on-line platform to solicit donations from friends, colleagues, and acquaintances.  The money will be used for chapter programs.

Focus on 2021-22 School Year

Because of problems due to Covid-19, the 100 Black Men have decided to focus on the 2021-22 school year with mentoring programs at Williston, Leland and Vigo Middle Schools.  The online programs are ending for the current this school year.

During the hiatus, an emphasis will be on familiarizing the schools’ staff with the mentoring programs, deciding how future participants will be selected, and increasing parental involvement.

Welcome Zedrick Applin

Zedrick Applin is a new member of the 100.  He recently relocated to Wilmington from Dallas, where he was also a member.  Zedrick is a member of the Hands-On Banking Committee.

Join the 100 Black Men?

Do you want to be a part of one of the nation’s premier mentoring program? Do you want to network with successful Black men in the Wilmington area? The 100 Black Men of Coastal North Carolina is accepting applications.

“What they see is what they’ll be”

Activities Calendar

February: Wells Fargo Hands-on-Banking Program February 13-May 8

May: Annual Breakfast cancelled. 

September:  Golf Tournament (cancelled)

November: Annual Meeting and election of the board

December: Christmas Celebration (members only, no charge to members)

Collaboration with NHRMC

In November, the 100 Black Men hosted a virtual meeting in which the Executive Board (Dr. Jerry Jackson, Nick Rhodes, John Battle, and Guy Cornielle) Dr. Lee Monroe, Russell Hewett, Linda Pearce, and Kenneth Chestnut participated.

College Prep ACT/SAT Explains Admission Requirements

Last October, the 100BMOCNC and PNC Bank joined forces to help students.  The two-hour SAT/ACT prep program was held via Facebook Live.  Dr. Vernenice Edge, a Guidance Counselor at Laney High Schools and LaTasha Jones, an Admissions Counselor at UNCW, talked about requirements and expectations of incoming freshmen.

The 100 Black Men of Coastal North Carolina is based in Wilmington, NC.  It is a not-for-profit with the goal of improving the lives of local African-Americans, especially black males.

Our address is: 3600 S. College Road, Ste. 390, Wilmington, NC 28412.

New CEO Joins 100 Black Men of America

New CEO of 100 Black Men of America

We are pleased to announce that John E. Armstrong, Jr. has been appointed as 100 Black Men of America, Inc.’s new CEO. John brings decades of experience to the 100 and has a proven record of taking nonprofit, cause-driven organizations to the next level. We have a highly dynamic environment that requires a CEO capable of accelerating and effectively delivering change where needed. John’s track record of leading operations, successful fundraising, program development, board governance, and setting strategic direction is an excellent fit for our CEO position. His appointment is a clear reflection that the 100 is fired up after another strong year and ready to take on the future in an even greater capacity.

We have many opportunities in front of us and the Board’s vote was unanimous that Mr. Armstrong’s qualifications and broad nonprofit work, at both a national and global level provides perfect alignment. The current and future needs of the 100 requires a CEO with established partner building skills, new program development experience and a track record of launching first time initiatives across multiple states and targeted International locations.

John’s volunteerism is vast and includes serving as the founding chapter president of the 100 Black Men of the Triad. We are excited for this next chapter in the 100’s history. Read CEO’s Bio.