100 Black Men of America Holds 31st Annual Conference in NOLA
Eric M Craig | 6/8/2017, 12:27 a.m.
During the second week of June, 100 Black Men of America, Inc. will hold its 31st Annual National Conference. At this year’s conference, hundreds of members from around the nation will meet to discuss the physical and mental health of African-Americans in the United States. The 100 Black Men of New Orleans, Inc. will hold events that are free and open to the public.
The 31st Annual National Conference will be themed around how physical and mental health and wellness impact the African-American Communities.
On Saturday, June 10, 100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans will host a community outreach at Alice M. Harte Charter School, located at 5300 Berkley Drive. Named Growing Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise II, the event will have health screenings, a family resource fair, U.S. Army Fitness Challenge, STEM NOLA Activities, a basketball tournament, and two separate panels hosted by the New Orleans Association of Black Journalist and 100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans.
On Wednesday, June 7th, 100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans, Inc. and AARP will host a screening of the Showtime Documentary “In My Father’s House,” which follows the story of Che’ “Rhymefest” Smith and his journey caring for his homeless father. The screening will take place at the People’s Health New Orleans Jazz Market on Wednesday, June 7th, at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Focus on Mental Health
In the past, the leaders of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. National Conference has focused on male and physical health, but this year calls for an expansion.
“Mental Health is something in our community that we don’t always talk about or give the credence it deserves,” said Johnathan A. Wilson, the President of 100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans. “When we look at the problems that plague our community, there isn’t anything that considers the Mental Health in our community.”
During the Health Conference, 100 Black Men of America, Inc. will announce findings from various medical associations that directly impact African-Americans Communities.
“This year 100 Black Men are changing the narrative around some of those things. This year, we’re going to have a robust dialogue on more than just crime, violence, and mentoring,” Wilson said.
“Mental Health does play a role in some of these things. And dealing with it can help alleviate the pain our communities are suffering from,” he added.
The 100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans, Inc. will celebrate its 25th Anniversary during the National Conference.