On Saturday, April 2, 2011, the 100 Black Men of Savannah, Inc. held its Fifteenth Annual Grand Gala Affair at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center. The affair affords the organization the opportunity to raise funds to continue its work of youth-oriented programs.
Also, the men present scholarships to senior students involved in its Leadership Academy who will be going on to college.
During the evening, the organization honored local community leaders who have made, and continue to make a difference. Among this year’s recipients was Diane Jackson, organizer of the Young Men of Honor program at Spencer Elementary School. Jackson was presented with the 2011 Community Service Award for her dedication to helping young people with academic enrichment, cultural history and out of town trips with healthy doses of a loving, structured environment. Williams is pictured above with members of the Young Men of Honor, and her husband Alvin.
Dr. Prince Jackson, Jr. was honored posthumously with the 2011 Legends Award. His son Rodney accepted the award.
The founding impetus of the 100 Black Men of Savannah, Inc. was the Million Man March in 1996 in Washington, D.C. The group adopted Four for the Future”, focusing their efforts on mentoring youth around the theme Mentoring Education, Health & Wellness, and Economic Development.