Black Positive People : 100 Black Men

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    Zulile Well-Known Member MEMBER

    South Africa
    Jun 24, 2007
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    One hundred brand-new bikes gleamed in the sun recently at Lauderhill’s Central Broward Regional Park.

    For Parkway Middle School student Terrell McKenzie Jr., one of those bikes was his reward for working hard in school.

    McKenzie, 11, was among several students honored by the 100 Black Men of Greater Fort Lauderdale for their academic achievements.


    The three-year-old local group, comprising 35 members, is a chapter of the national, nonprofit 100 Black Men of America, which was founded in 1963.

    “We're recognizing kids today for their academic achievement,’’ Wright said. “We know that schools today are facing challenges and they need our support. We were looking for a way to give back. We really want to focus on mentoring youth.’’

    Event Planning Director Randolph Dukes said students were selected not only based on grades, but also according to their academic improvement and behavior.

    “We want to empower students to better themselves,’’ Dukes said. “We’re recognizing students that are trying hard in school. They deserve something in return.”

    This was the second year that the 100 Black Men of Greater Fort Lauderdale hosted the event. Notter said the group is investing in future generations.

    “This is an absolutely phenomenal event,’’ Notter said. “These kids get to realize people in the community care about them and their education. This is just another step in the path toward their dreams.’’