One Hundred Black Men of the Albany, New York Capital Region, Inc., was formed January 15, 1993. It is an organization of professionals who share a common goal: to give ourselves in a manner that improves the quality of life for African American people and other minority citizens of New York's capital area.
One Hundred Black Men of the Albany, New York Capital Region is organized to use our expertise to empower the African American community to create meaningful positive change in living conditions. Our focus includes, but is not limited to: housing, employment, public safety, education, and health.
We embrace Frederick Douglass' statement that, "Power concedes nothing without a demand." To that end, we will hold accountable leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Those leaders will be invited to appear periodically before this body to explain how their actions improve the lives of this area's African American, and other, minority citizens.
Through forums, panel presentations, and open discussion, we will be a bridge between the area's decision makers and the African American and minority communities. Constructive dialogue will be maintained as a path toward action and significant social change.
OHBM members, following visiting inmates at "Brookwood Secure Facility", Claverack, New York
In the fall of 1992, following Sunday's service at Friendship Baptist Church, Schenectady, New York, Richard Harris was approached by two other men of the church, and asked if he would help form a Chapter of the One Hundred Black Men in the capital district area.
Brother Harris agreed and following several meetings at his home together they devised a plan to build a viable organization. In March of 1993 a small "Steering Committee" was formed to recruit members. Later in April Brother Harris was chosen to serve as Interim President, and on July 14, 1993 he was elected as President. Since being founded the One Hundred Black Men (OHBM) of Albany, New York have accomplished many things, listed below are just some of their achievements:
- In its first year, the organization sponsored a trip taking 200 inner city kids and their chaperones to attend a professional football game between the N.Y. Jets and the Philadelphia Eagles.
- In 1995, the group established its first annual "Summer Computer Camp" for youth.
- In 1996, the OHBM established the 100NET program in community centers, churches and schools in the cities of Albany, Schenectady & Troy. The resulting program provided computer training to several hundred inner city children and adult students.
- Also in 1996, the Albany New York chapter obtained a $310,000 NYS Diffussion Fund grant for its computer-based technology program. The organization’s proposal was ranked number one out of 208 proposals, in a blind ranking system.
- The Albany chapter is an organization of many firsts; they were the first and only Chapter of OHBM in the nation to have a "Community Technology Center", the first community based organization in the Albany Capital District to do a regional "Voter Registration", the first to receive donated "office space” from Verizon; and a donated meeting room from Fleet Bank. Fleet arranged for the organization to have unlimited use of their Executive Board room (on a scheduled basis) for the purpose of meeting. The Albany Chapter of the One Hundred Black Men was the only community based organization in New York State selected to co-sponsor, the Annual New York State "African American Cultural Festival". (August 1997). During the festival the organization hosted “Apollo Night” talent show /contest and a youth banking and financial education workshop.
- For approximately eight years, the OHBM co-sponsored the "Black History Month Creative Expression Contest" with the Delta Sorority of Albany.
- The Albany Chapter of the 100 Black Men has received numerous awards. For example, in 1996 the 100 Black Men was awarded the “Human Rights” by the City of Albany, New York. In 2001 the organization was recognized by the "U.S. Department Housing & Urban Development" for its 100 NET program. In 2000 the organization received an award from the Business Review" for the NOT-FOR-PROFIT organization of the year and in the same year the organization received an award from the "Black Nurses Association " in recognition of our outstanding Health Programs; these are a few examples of the recognition the Albany, New York chapter has received for its contribution and service to the community since its founding in 1993.
In 1997 The City of Albany, New York provided the organization with a 10,000 square foot building to house its “100 NET” technology and training program. With the help of several community development block grants, a large grant from “Home Depot” and donations from several other major corporations; the building was completely renovated and made state-of-art and wired for the 21st century by Lucent Technologies.
In 2005 Vice President, Dr. Marshall G. Jones was elected President. He served in this capacity from 2005 to 2007. Dr. Jones maintained the same high level of organization community service and program activity.
Currently, the organization is sponsors the following programs:
- Offer free computer introductory training courses, training in computer applications and a special computer employment and education workshops; co-sponsored with SUNY at Albany.
- Mentoring youngsters involved with Albany County Family Court, Juvenile Drug Court.
- Mentoring Juvenile Offenders at “Brookwood Secure Center, located in Claverack, New York.
- Mentoring the “Men’s Reentry Program”, the program has been meeting at the 100 Black Men Technology Center for approximately 3 years.
- The organization continues its program of offering to the community Information forums, Health Fairs and Town Hall meetings at its meeting room at their “Technology Center” located at 30 N. Russell, Albany, New York, 12206 - Phone: (518) 432-1527.
One Hundred Black Men of the Albany, New York Capital Region, celebrated our 25th Anniversary On Saturday, October 27, 2018, at the Desmond Hotel, Albany, New York.
At the celebration a special award was presented to Dr. Roger Ramsammy, the 7th President of Hudson Valley Community. Dr. Ramsammy was recognized for his extraordinary contribution to science, technology, education, and mathematics (STEM). In addition, he was honored for his personal commitment to increasing diversity at the college.
Also honored at the event was Dr. Marshall G. Jones, Immediate Past President of the One Hundred Black Men and Coolidge Fellow, at GE Global Research. Dr. Jones was recognized for his extensive community service and positive impact in the global scientific community. Dr. Jones has over 80 patents and in May 2017 he was inducted in the “National Inventors Hall of Fame”.
Congressman Paul D. Tonko Presented President Richard Harris with a Proclamation congratulating the organization for its 25 years of exemplary service to the citizens and youth in the Albany Capital District. Several hundred guest were in attendance and enjoyed the celebration.