100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, Inc. Real Men Magazine June 2024 Issue

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June 22, 2024: The 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland Inc. will reinstate our Saturday Academy. We will meet on the third Saturday of each month from approximately 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon. We will meet at the Cuyahoga Community College Eastern Campus, 4250 Richmond Rd, Highland Hills, OH 44122. In Room EMHC 122 Page 22

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Juneteenth & Why We Celebrate

Juneteenth is a celebration of the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States. It commemorates the day on June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas and announced the end of the Civil War and the abolition of slavery.

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Real Men Magazine • June 2024 Issue 5 7 Editor's Message 8 Who We Are 11 Chairman's Letter 12 Cleveland Leadership Team 14 Cleveland Chapter History 16 Board of Directors 18 Cleveland Chapter Members 19 Cleveland Chapter Programs 28 Memorial Day What is means to Robert Dix 32 Health PSTD 34 Shaker Heights Teen Summit 42 Mentees Graduating 46 Health Let's Get Fit 48 HowseBytes By Chris Howse 50 People & Events 54 Health Eat Healthy DEPARTMENTS Page 50


Gregory Lockhart. Chairman

James W. Wade III Vice - Chairman

Robert L. Bankston Secretary Lucien Blackwell Treasurer

Grady Burrows Director of Programs

Anthony Peebles Director of Development

Milton H. Jones Jr. National Chairman

Andre Givens Midwest District Representative

James W. Wade III Communications/PR

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I'm thrilled to share the incredible opportunity to attend the 38th Annual Conference of 100 Black Men of America, Inc., from June 12 to 16, 2024, in Atlanta, GA. This event is not just about future-proofing but also about empowering and inspiring young people like you. It's a unique chance to connect with industry leaders, share innovative ideas, and gain valuable insights that can shape your future.

With over 35 sessions, panels, and discussions meticulously designed for middle school, high school, and college-aged young people, this conference is a gateway to exciting personal growth and learning. You'll also have the opportunity to meet renowned personalities like Tiffany Haddish, Monica Pearson, and Judge Glenda Hatchett. And here's the thrilling part: the convention is venturing to Atlanta this year, opening up new avenues for networking and bonding with this vibrant city!

Sunny Hostin, Co-Host of The VIEW and Senior Legal Correspondent and Analyst at ABC News, is scheduled to attend. The Mayor of New York City, Eric Adams, will give remarks at the Salute to Youth Luncheon.

One of the most thrilling aspects of our annual convention is its dynamic location. This year, we are thrilled to bring the conference to Atlanta, GA, a city that holds a special place in the heart of our organization as it's home to our International Headquarters. This change in scenery promises a fresh perspective and opens up new and exciting opportunities for networking and collaboration, further strengthening our bond with this vibrant city.

This month, we will also celebrate our freedom; Juneteenth marks our country's second independence day. Although it has long been celebrated in the African American community, this monumental event remains unknown to most Americans. We invite you to join us in this important celebration.

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T he 100 Black Men of America, Inc. is recognized as the nation’s top African American led mentoring organization. Every African-American person should have the ability to create the life they’ve always wanted and that’s what The 100 Black Men of America, Inc. provides.

Committing ourselves to personify the type of people our children will look up to and emulate, we embrace the immense responsibility we have to our mentees and our communities. Providing these children another choice in life by being around likeminded individuals who have similar aspirations and goals.

As we have grown The Network of 100 Black Men of America, Inc. more companies and programs have been formed to assist in delivering the education and empowerment needed to change the course of these children’s lives. This is done through the 100’s Four For The Future focus areas; Mentoring, Education, Health & Wellness, and Economic Empowerment.

Through the expansion, we’ve created 100 Black Men Chapters that delivers unique programs that address specific needs in local communities. Through 57 years of testing, we’ve created the 100’s successful model. A proven blueprint for mentoring and developing young people into future leaders by surrounding themselves with a positive network and giving them the opportunity that they may not have thought was possible.

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Letter from the Chairman

Juneteenth marks the momentous occasion on June 19, 1865, when the last enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas, were informed of their freedom two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued. This day symbolizes the end of slavery in the United States and is a time for reflection, celebration, and education.

For the 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland Inc., Juneteenth represents an opportunity to highlight the importance of our mission and the impactful work we do year-round. For the 100, Juneteenth is not just a historical milestone but a call to action. It underscores the importance of our work in mentoring black boys, empowering them to overcome multiple challenges, including those that are systemic, and achieve their full potential.

As we celebrate Juneteenth, we reaffirm our commitment to the population we serve. We recognize that the journey towards equality is ongoing, and our work is more important than ever. By providing mentorship, support, and opportunities, we aim to equip the next generation with the tools they need to be successful.

In the spirit of Juneteenth, our inaugural Saturday Academy program theme will focus on freedom, resilience, and empowerment as we continue to work toward a future where every young black man has the chance to realize his dreams and contribute to a more just and equitable society. Together, we can make a lasting impact and honor the legacy of those who fought for freedom and equality.

For more on our Saturday Academy, go to our website at 100blackmencle.org

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100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, Inc. Leadership Team


Gregory Lockhart


James W. Wade III

Vice - Chairman

Robert L. Bankston


Lucien Blackwell Director of Finance

Grady Burrows Director of Programs

Anthony Peebles Director of Development

Mayor Michael Booker

Grady Burrows

Brandon Curry

Chris Howse

Darian Johnson

Lorenzo Russell

Glen Shutmate

James W. Wade III


Director of Communications & Public Relations,

James W. Wade III

Economic Empowerment

David L. Taylor - Chair

James Ferguson - Co Chair


Brett Horton - Chair

Health & Wellness

Robert Bankston - Chair

Lloyd Totty - Co Chair


Darian Johnson, Chair

Dr. Ernest Smoot, Co Chair


National Chairman

Milton H. Jones Jr.

Midwest District Representative

Andre Givens

Mayor Michael Booker- Chair

Brandon Curry - Co Chair


Tyson Mitchell- Chair

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The history of the 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland began when several men traveled to Atlanta, Georgia, at the invite of the late Roosevelt Adams. Roosevelt was a Clevelander who moved to Atlanta and became a successful businessman. He was also a member of the Metro Atlanta Chapter of the 100BMOA, arguably the most powerful chapter of the 100 in the country.

The 100 had been trying to establish a chapter in Cleveland for years but had yet to succeed. Roosevelt introduced Michael Nelson to Thomas W. Dortch, the National Chairman of the 100 Black Men of America and a very prominent businessperson in his own right. Thomas and Roosevelt explained to Nelson that they had met with some Cleveland Black businessmen and community leaders about starting a chapter of the 100. Nelson knew many of the names they mentioned and even indicated that he had attended at least two attempts to organize a Cleveland chapter.

At this point, Nelson promised both men that he would get the ball rolling in Cleveland and have a chapter in place. Nelson concluded that he would hold an organizational meeting of individuals who fit into each category, including representatives from the powerful political factions, Congressman Louis Stokes, former City Council President George Forbes, and Mayor Michael R. White.

A date was set, and Nelson invited a number of his friends, including Larry Hines, Gregory Clifford, Curtis Griggs, Tony Smith, Luther Towers, and Julius Singleton, along with Stokes’ rep, Ron Adrine, Forbes’ rep, Daryl Fields, and White rep, Nate Gray to meet with Chairman Dortch and Roosevelt Adams. The

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meeting was held at the now-closed Eloise’s Restaurant on East 79th and Carnegie. The Cleveland Chapter was established in 1997 and became an entire fledge chapter.

The first significant event was a rollout at the Cleveland Clinic. Over 90 men committed to joining, with about 70 men paying dues. Mayor Michael R. White committed to buying 100 copies of nationally known motivational speaker George Frazer’s book Success Runs in Our Race for each member. George, who attended the opening event, graciously took the time to autograph each member’s copy.

The next major event was a fundraising gala featuring nationally known recording artist the late Phylis Hyman. The event coordinator was the dynamic Richard Johnson, considered a significant internet influencer in today’s social media world. The event was held at the Marriott Hotel in Cleveland, and to say it was a success would be an understatement.

Funds raised by that first gala supported the Cleveland chapter’s version of the National 100’s Four For The Future programs of Health/Wellness, Economic Development, Education, and Mentoring. Larry Hines was our first Program Director, assisted by Curtis (Griggs). the parentheses are intentional; that’s how Curtis spelled his last name.

The 100 would continue to grow its brand in Cleveland. The group coordinated mentoring programs in numerous schools, including Daniel E. Morgan Elementary School, Cleveland East Senior High School, John F. Kennedy Senior High School, East Cleveland Shaw Senior High School, Mound School, and Warrensville Heights Senior High School. The 100 also held a Saturday morning mentoring program at its offices in Cleveland’s Shaker Square complex. The numerous programs included a reading program at Daniel E Morgan and a stock market competition at East High School. One of the highlights of our plan was the success of our East High Stock Market Challenge team, which traveled to Atlanta and took on some of the nation’s most prominent schools, finishing a highly respectable 3rd out of the scores of schools that competed.

In 2022, a class of 22 new members came in, and in 2023, the chapter is still thriving. Now, in 2024, celebrating twenty-seven years, after seven chairmen and numerous galas, you can still find the men mentoring in such schools as Wade Park Kenneth Clement Boys Leadership Academy, and The Friendly Inn Settlement, to name a few.

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2024 - 2026 Executive Board


Vice - Chairman

Director of Finance

Director of Development

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2024 - 2026 Board of Directors

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Brandon Curry Mayor Michael Booker Lorenzo Russell David Taylor Darian Johnson Christopher Howse Brett Horton Glen Shumate

Cleveland Chapter Membership

Founding Members

Judge Ronald Adrine

Chief Magistrate Gregory Clifford,Retired

Darrell A. Fields

Nate Gray

Curtis (Griggs)

Larry Hines*

Judge Michael Nelson

Julius Singleton

Anthony (Tony) Smith*

Luther Towers


Bilal Akram

Robert L. Bankston

Lucien Blackwell

Michael Booker

Rodney L. Brown

Grady Burrows

Dr. Gary Carrington

Honorable Gregory Clifford

Raphael Collins

Michael Copeland

Brandon Curry

Pastor Robert Dix

Lamont Dodson

Dr. Ronnie Dunn

Travis Everett

James Ferguson

Darrell Fields

Duane Griffin

Curtis (Griggs)

Jeevon Harris

Brett Horton

Chris Howse

Darren Huggins

Larry Jewett

Darian Johnson

Roz Kennon

Gregory Lockhart

Terry Maynard

Terry McWhorter

Tyson Mitchell

Judge Michael Nelson - Retired

Anthony Peebles

LaRese Purnell

Retanio Rucker

Glen Shumate

Ernest Smoot

Robert Solomon

David L. Taylor

James W.Wade III

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100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland Programs



This program strives to improve the financial literacy of our mentees by exposing them to numerous financial basic principles such as the importance of saving, budgeting, and how to use credit wisely. The mentees will work from a resources selected by the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. and will learn from local professionals in the banking and investment industry. This program will prepare our high school students for the opportunity to compete in the dollars and sense competition held prior to our annual National convention.


This program takes our mentors directly into the schools where we work with students on various subjects to help them succeed. Our mentors work with our younger mentees on math and science, focusing on reading. We know that improving literacy boosts outcomes from academic success to workforce development, improved health results, and reduced crime. We can work individually and in group settings, giving us the flexibility to tailor the session for the best possible outcome. We believe in leading by example, and our motto, “What They See Is What They’ll Be,” proves it.


The Let’s Get Fit program is in partnership with the Warrensville Heights YMCA and teaches the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle by working out and eating right. The program affords our mentors and mentees another opportunity to spend quality time together, benefiting from cardio and weight training. The sessions begin with an assessment of the mentees strength, endurance and confidence and these areas are accessed again at the end to see if their goals were met.


The Saturday Academy is an innovative approach to help our youth improve their social and academic performance in school. The program accepts male and female youth ages 12 - 18. We help students develop life skills and scholastics and enhance their learning through educational field trips. The Academy requires each student to have an adult sponsor (parent, guardian, or other community member) who is expected to contribute to the student’s success. Students engage with professionals from many careers and learn firsthand about achieving challenging goals. Our students also have opportunities to engage in community service.

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Saturday Academy

Saturday Academy Returning

June 22, 2024: The 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland Inc. will reinstate our Saturday Academy. We will meet on the third Saturday of each month from approximately 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon. We will meet at the Cuyahoga Community College Eastern Campus, 4250 Richmond Rd, Highland Hills, OH 44122. This venue is centrally located with free and easily accessible parking (you must come in on the Harvard side). We have a large meeting room at EMHC 122, a classroom with multimedia accessibility in the Mandel Building, and a gymnasium.

The Saturday Academy will remain true to the goals of 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, which are to nurture our youth and produce new generations of role models. The Saturday Leadership Academy is an innovative approach to help our youth improve their social and academic performance in school. The program accepts males ages 12 to 18. At the Saturday Academy, we help students develop life skills, scholastics, and enhance their learning through educational field trips. The Academy requires each student to have an adult sponsor (parent, guardian or other community member) who is expected to contribute to the student's success.

Members of the 100 work with students to improve their academic performance, focusing on literacy in math and reading. Our goal is to increase their success rate for graduating from

high school through various workshops and curricula that reinforce academics, attendance, and good behavior both in school and within the program. As an added component, our dedicated and caring mentors plant seeds of success by exposing students to events and activities that will help them develop and exercise positive social skills, etiquette, and mutual respect for others. This mentoring model, which has achieved remarkable success in other chapters nationwide, is particularly effective for young men in this age group. It addresses their unique needs and challenges, such as identity formation, academic pressure, and social relationships, paving the way for a brighter future for our community.

The 100 Black Men of America have an awardwinning mentoring program that, in this case, can be executed in a plenary. The benefits that mentors and other subject matter experts praise are not just theoretical but have the potential to positively transform the lives of our mentees on a large scale. The 100 Black Men of Greater

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Cleveland propose the following model for our revamped Saturday Academy. As part of this model, we will provide comprehensive support and resources to our mentors. This includes thorough training to equip them with the necessary skills and knowledge, materials to aid in their mentoring sessions, and ongoing guidance to ensure their effectiveness and satisfaction in their roles.

The 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, in partnership with local professionals from various backgrounds through a strategic alliance with Cuyahoga Community College, will provide mentoring services to Cleveland area male students. This partnership is a testament to our commitment to engaging with the local community and leveraging the expertise of professionals in various fields.

We expect to deliver a robust Saturday mentoring program that excites Cleveland male youth, compels them to attend the Saturday

Academy, and encourages their friends to do the same. Programming will essentially mirror the four pillars of the National 100 Black Men of America, including, but not limited to (Education, Health & Wellness, Economic Empowerment, and Mentoring). We will also address subjects such as Gun Violence, Mental Health, Promoting Healthy Relationships, and many other topics. We will leverage relationships with different partners, such as local schools, community organizations, and health professionals, when it makes good sense for the benefit of our student participants. We envision physical activity during our sessions to promote good blood flow and retention of the discussed topics. Our goal is also to feed the young men at some point during the Academy session each Saturday, ensuring that every participant feels valued and integral to the program.

We are filled with anticipation and excitement for the Saturday Academy, a program we believe will be a winning proposition. It will allow the 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland to reach more young men and significantly impact our City.

Measurable outcomes

1. Prepares mentees for their post-secondary careers.

2. Improves mentees' academic grade point average.

3. Increases mentees' graduation rates.

4. Increases mentee's awareness of health and wellness concepts.

5. Increases mentees' leadership and life skills.

6. Empower mentees to see themselves as individuals who can make a positive impact in their own lives, their families, and their communities.

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Join the 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, Inc. for our Saturday Academy where we help students develop life skills and scholastics and enhance their learning through educational field trips. The 100 Saturday Academy is not just about education; it’s about transformation. We aim to empower every student to become “Responsible, Respectable, and Ready to Lead.”


Saturday, June 22, 2024

9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Cuyahoga Community College

Eastern Campus

4250 Richmond Rd

Ages 12 - 18

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Juneteenth, a momentous National Holiday, holds a significant place in American history. Observed on June 19 every year, it marks the day when the last enslaved African Americans in the United States were finally informed of their freedom. This long-awaited recognition by the U.S. government came in 2021 when President Joe Biden signed a bill passed by Congress to set aside Juneteenth, or June 19th, as a federal holiday.

It is also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day and commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. It is celebrated on June 19th and is recognized as a state holiday or special day of observance in most states. The celebrations began with enslaved people in Galveston, Texas. Although President Abraham Lincoln'sLincoln's Emancipation Proclamation freed the enslaved people in 1863, it could not be enforced in many places in the South until Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, in 1865 and informed the enslaved African Americans that the Civil War had ended. They were now free. Until the Civil War ended in 1865. Even then, some white people who had profited from their unpaid labor were reluctant to share the news.

Granger delivered General Order No. 3:

“The people of Texas are informed that, by a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former enslavers and enslaved people, and the connection between them becomes that between employer and hired labor.”

Juneteenth is a day of remembrance that unites communities in celebrating freedom, justice, and equality for all. The vibrant parades, picnics, and festivals honoring the holiday symbolize our shared values and the strength of our collective spirit. The red, white, and blue, often symbolizing the American flag and the end of slavery, further reinforce our shared heritage. The celebration is not just about food and fun but about fostering a sense of community and belonging, with barbecue, soul food, and other traditional African American dishes playing a significant role in this communal celebration.

Juneteenth is a celebration of the past and a powerful call to action for the present and future. It serves as a stark reminder that the fight for racial equality and justice is ongoing and that each of us has a role in this struggle. It is an opportunity to reflect on the progress that has been made and acknowledge the work that still needs to be done. By learning about and celebrating Juneteenth, we can all be inspired and motivated to work towards a more just and equitable society, now more than ever.


It's a blend of the words June and nineteenth. The holiday has also been called Juneteenth Independence Day, Freedom Day, second Independence Day, and Emancipation Day. It began with church picnics and speeches and spread as Black Texans moved elsewhere.

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Memorial Day


Memorial Day is often dubbed the 'unofficial start of summer.' Many families will have gatherings and cookouts and attend parades and other commemorative events on this day. While all these and many different traditions are reasonable, we must never forget those men and women who have served our nation. I am a thirdgeneration veteran of the US Army. During my eight-year tenure, I've been told countless times, 'Thank you for your service,' to which my reply is always, 'Thank you for your support.' On Veteran's

Day each year, I look forward to attending services and taking advantage of tributes and gifts afforded to us in honor of our service. I want to take a moment to thank you, the reader, for your potential support and understanding of the significance of these holidays.

Likewise, many often thank me and other Vets for their service on Memorial Day. While we usually reply with “thank you for your support,”… lately, I've used the opportunity to explain the difference between the two holidays.

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Memorial Day and Veterans Day are both patriotic holidays honoring the military, but there is a significant difference between them, aside from when they appear on the calendar.

Veterans Day and Memorial Day are both patriotic holidays that honor the military, but they hold distinct meanings. Veterans Day is a time to express gratitude to all who have served and sacrificed in the Armed Forces. On the other

hand, Memorial Day is a solemn occasion to reflect on the American patriots who made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting and defending our country. It's a day when we also choose to remember and honor those veterans who have passed on.

Memorial Day holds a special place in my heart. It's a day when I remember my father, Sgt. Robert M. Dix, Sr., who served during Vietnam and as a reservist in the Gulf War, and my grandfather, PFC Nathaniel Clark, who served in WWII. Each year, part of our family's Memorial Day celebration is a visit to The Western Reserve Cemetery in Rittman, Ohio, to pay our respects at my dad's grave. This tradition is a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by our family and countless others for our country.

Let's not limit our gratitude to service members to national holidays. Any day is a good day to support veterans. You can make a difference by donating to veteran charities, volunteering at VA hospitals, or simply saying a heartfelt 'thank you' to those who served. We can also honor our fallen Armed Forces members by attending memorial services within our community or by participating in events like laying flowers and planting flags on graves at our local Veterans Cemetery.

Let us not forget the sacrifices of our fallen troops and everything they lost and never had a chance to experience. Let us honor their memories by striving to live up to what we owe them every day of our lives. Memorial Day is more than just a day off work or out of school. It's a time to do something meaningful to honor those who gave their lives for our freedom. So, in between the times at the cookout, parade, and beach, let us remember NEVER to FORGET. May God continue to bless our nation, the families of our fallen troops, and even those today who continue to wear their uniforms proudly and sacrifice on our behalf.

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What is Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition triggered by experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. People with PTSD may have intense, disturbing thoughts and feelings related to their experience that last long after the traumatic event has ended. They may relive the event through flashbacks or nightmares, feel sadness, fear, or anger, and feel detached or estranged from other people.

June is the designated month for National PTSD Awareness, during which various campaigns are organized to raise awareness and support for individuals who have experienced post-traumatic stress disorder. PTSD can occur after a traumatic event such as war, assault, accident, and more, leading to symptoms like depression, anxiety, nightmares, and insomnia.

Common symptoms of PTSD include: Intrusive Memories: Recurrent, unwanted, distressing memories of the traumatic event, flashbacks, and nightmares.

Avoidance: People try to avoid thinking or talking about the traumatic event and avoid places, activities, or people that remind them of it.

Negative Changes in Thinking and Mood: Negative thoughts about oneself or the world, hopelessness about the future, memory problems, and difficulty maintaining close relationships. Changes in Physical and Emotional Reactions: Being easily startled or frightened, always being on guard for danger, self-destructive behavior, trouble sleeping, irritability, angry outbursts, or aggressive behavior.

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PTSD can develop after any traumatic event, but common causes include combat exposure, childhood physical abuse, sexual violence, physical assault, accidents, and natural disasters. Treatment often involves psychotherapy (such as cognitive-behavioral therapy) and may include medication to manage symptoms. Early intervention can help prevent the symptoms from worsening and improve the quality of life for those affected.

While some people recover within a few days or weeks, others may require a year or longer. Although PTSD is highly treatable, the lack of understanding and the stigma surrounding mental

health often prevent individuals from seeking help and addressing the issue.

In 2010, the U.S. Senate declared June 27 as National PTSD Awareness Day, but in 2014, they expanded the recognition to the entire month of June, making it National PTSD Awareness Month. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been at the forefront of the battle against PTSD, actively working to raise awareness and provide support.

Interestingly, PTSD is not a recent discovery, as it can be traced back to a poem written by Hippocrates in 50 B.C., where he depicted the struggles of a soldier returning home from war. Over time, the disorder gained more attention, especially during the wars between England and France, when both civilians and soldiers reported symptoms like anxiety, insomnia, intrusive thoughts, and flashbacks. It wasn't until the Vietnam War in the 1970s, the disorder was officially named PTSD, replacing older treatments like electric shock therapy with more practical options such as group therapy, counseling, and antidepressants.

During National PTSD Awareness Month, organizations and mental health professionals work to educate the public about the signs and symptoms of PTSD, as well as the importance of seeking help and support. Events such as workshops, seminars, and fundraisers are held to provide resources and information to those affected by PTSD, as well as their loved ones.

It is crucial to break the stigma surrounding mental health and encourage open conversations about PTSD and other mental health conditions. By raising awareness and promoting understanding, individuals can feel more comfortable seeking help and receiving the necessary treatment to manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life.

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Teen Summit

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100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland Participated in the Shaker Heights Teen Summit

The Shaker Heights Police Department, in collaboration with NOBLE, hosted the inaugural Metro Teen Summit on Saturday, May 11, from 9 am to 4 pm at Shaker Heights Public Library Main Branch at 16500 Van Aken Boulevard. This free event, designed specifically for youth ages 14-18, is a testament to our commitment to inclusivity and your empowerment.

The 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, Inc. was delighted to participate with the Shaker Heights Police Department and NOBLE to create a safe and supportive environment for the Metro Teen Summit. This event is part of our ongoing effort to be in the community promoting the 100's programs while communicating with young people. It features interactive workshops and a Community Resource Fair with organizations that aim to help young people meet their educational and career goals. Rest assured, breakfast and lunch were provided, ensuring your comfort and focus on the event.

A teen summit is not just an event, it's a platform that brings teens together to discuss important issues, share ideas, and learn from one another. It is usually a day-long event with interactive workshops, keynote speakers, and opportunities to network with peers and community leaders. Your participation in the Metro teen Summit is crucial. It empowers you and gives you the tools you need to succeed in life, whether in education, career, or personal growth. They are often organized by local government agencies, community organizations, or non-profit groups and provide a safe and supportive environment for teens like you to explore new ideas and perspectives.

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High School Graduates

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•Rameer Askew

Graduated from Ginn Academy

Going to Cleveland State University

•Jimmanie White

Graduated from Charles F. Brush

Going to Cleveland State University

•Glen Wright

Graduated from Ginn Academy

Going to The Ohio State University

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Let's Get Fit For Men's Health Month

Men's Health Month is a time when the 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland Inc. come together as a united community, placing our well-being at the forefront. We acknowledge the significant role Black men play in our families, communities, and churches, and we are dedicated to ensuring that our health is not a barrier to our potential for greatness. This is a journey we embark on together, supporting and uplifting each other.

Men's Health Month is not just about physical health, but also about mental well-being. It encourages men to address issues such as depression, anxiety, and stress, and aims to dismantle the stigma surrounding mental health. We firmly believe in fostering open, supportive conversations about emotional well-being, understanding that it is a crucial part of our overall health.

Throughout June, we organize a diverse range of events and activities to raise men's awareness of the significance of their health. These include health fairs, workshops, and informational sessions covering nutrition, exercise, and mental health. We aim to equip men with the knowledge and resources they need to lead healthier lives. As part of this, we have a fitness program at the Warrensville YMCA called Let's Get Fit, where we bring our mentees to enjoy the equipment.

Men's Health Month also highlights the disparities in healthcare access and outcomes between men and women and advocates for policies and programs that address these inequalities. It aims to ensure that all men have equal opportunities to lead healthy lives.

Men's Health Month is a powerful tool that empowers men to take control of their health and make informed decisions about their well-being. It ignites a spark within men to prioritize their health and seek regular medical check-ups to prevent and detect potential health issues early on. This is not just a month of awareness but a call to action, inspiring us to step up and take control of our health journeys.

I acknowledge that I have room for improvement in self-care and living a healthier lifestyle. Let's come together to strive for personal growth, set a positive example for others, and be the best version of ourselves.

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PEOPLE & EVENTS Congratulations Mayor Michael L. Booker

100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, Inc. is thrilled to announce that our esteemed Membership Chair, Mayor Michael L. Booker, has been bestowed with a prestigious award named in his honor. This award, presented to a distinguished small unit leader in the Marine Corps, recognizes individuals who have the unique ability to ignite motivation and inspire others to reach for greatness.

Cadet Major EH MOO received the 2024 award. It's an incredible honor to serve in the Marine Corps. The opportunity to be part of a unit that values motivation, inspiration, and leadership is truly a source of pride. We are proud of the Marine Corps' commitment to excellence and the development of its members, like Mayor Michael L. Booker.

The 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, Inc. stands resolute in our mission to nurture the intellectual growth of our youth and drive economic empowerment within the African American community. We firmly believe in the transformative power of integrity, respect for family, spirituality, and justice, which we see as the guiding principles to shape a brighter future.

Education is not just a means of acquiring knowledge, but a transformative journey that leads to personal growth and self-discovery. It equips individuals with the tools to better understand themselves and the world around them, opening doors to new perspectives, broadening horizons, and empowering individuals to make informed decisions. We encourage you to embrace this journey of selfdiscovery and growth.

Heartfelt congratulations to Mayor Michael L. Booker! We are deeply honored to have an award named after you, a testament to your exceptional service in the Marine Corps and your unwavering commitment to our community.

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Congratulations to our own Lamont Dodson for getting the Trilogy Award.

“It was an honor to participate in the Executive, Supervisor, and Command Trilogy Training series, which brings together all levels of leadership from across the nation,” Lamont Dodson Congratulations

Congratulations to our 100 Black Men Member on the Emerging Legends Class of 2024


To stay up to date with all the 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, Inc.news and events, visit our webpage

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100 Black Men Health & Wellness Corner

1BMOGC Inc. Health & Wellness Corner

Healthier Living – Black Men’s Health Project.org

• Talking to a therapist to cope with the stress and trauma of being Black in America

• Going to the doctor regularly and getting preventive screenings

• Exercising regularly and eating a balanced diet

• Making small changes in daily habits, such as drinking more water, sleeping well, and meditating

• Using technology, such as apps or online resources, to track health goals and access information

• Seeking fair and equitable health care from providers who are culturally competent and respectful

Healthier Recipes

• Nonstick cooking spray

• 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting the pan

• 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

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Health Corner
Marbled Banana Bread

• 2 medium very ripe bananas

• 2/3 cup sugar

• 1/4 cup canola oil

• 2 large eggs

• 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour

• 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

• 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

• 1/2 cup buttermilk

• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

• Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9-by-5-inch metal loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray and coat with flour. Melt chocolate in the microwave, then set aside.

• Mash bananas with sugar, oil, and eggs in a bowl. Add in flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, buttermilk, and vanilla.

• Mix 1 cup of batter with melted chocolate. Layer banana and chocolate batter in the loaf pan, swirling together.

• Bake for about 45 minutes until golden brown. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Serve warm or at room temperature

A tip for cooks: To get your loaf pan ready for baking, you can also use a nonstick spray that already has flour in it. Coating the pan with flour helps the bread to rise nicely and prevents it from collapsing once it's baked.

Per serving: Calories: 203; Total Fat 8 grams; Saturated Fat: 2 grams; Protein: 4 grams; Total carbohydrates: 31 grams; Sugar: 16 grams Fiber: 2 grams; Cholesterol: 32 milligrams; Sodium: 212 milligrams

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The Brace B. Godfrey African American History Challenge

Sponsored by:

The African American History Challenge (AAHC) is the intellectual property of 100 Black Men of America, Inc. The program was started in 1995 under the leadership of the late Brace B. Godfrey, Jr., founding chapter president of 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge, Inc. and a former member of the Board of Directors of 100 Black Men of America, Inc.

The AAHC Competition essentially is an educational and scholarship program designed to enhance the study of African American history. It is an education and scholarship program designed to enhance and/or ignite the study of African American history among youth and increase their interest in knowing and better understanding the legacy left for them by our African American ancestors.

Yet, the competitive spirit is developed within an experience that will engender mutual respect and admiration among the competitors. The National AAHC Championship Competition will take place at the Annual Conference each year.

During the AAHC program, the two (2) students who demonstrated the greatest proficiency were asked to represent their chapters during the National Competition at the Annual Conference. Twenty teams competed in the preliminary rounds to advance towards the Final Competition. These teams were derived of seven (7) Junior Division teams and 13 Senior Division teams. Only the final four (4) Junior and Senior Division teams from the Preliminary Rounds advanced to compete for 3 over $8,000 in scholarships, prizes, and a chance to hold the title, African American History Challenge Competition Champions.

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Dollars & Sense Youth Investment Competition

Sponsored by:

In collaboration with State Farm Insurance, the 100 will continue to establish and implement a national program to address and help eradicate financial illiteracy among youth of color.

The Dollars and $ense Youth Investment program (Dollars and $ense) is a financial literacy program sponsored by State Farm. This program was designed to provide high school students, grades 9 through 12, with the opportunity to learn and apply best practice strategies for saving and investing.

The goal of this program was to help students understand basic savings/investment principles and to apply these standards in their day-to-day lives.

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