Gala Honors Black New Yorkers’ Achievements

February 23, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
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DOE Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott (C) at a city council hearing in October 2011. The One Hundred Black Men, Inc. honored Walcott with their Educational Champion Award on Thursday night. (Yi Yang/The Epoch Times)

NEW YORK—Accomplished black New Yorkers were honored on Thursday by the One Hundred Black Men Inc. of New York City at New York Hilton during their 32nd Annual Benefit Gala.

Among the award winners were Dennis Walcott, chancellor of the city’s Department of Education (Educational Champion Award), Mike Muse, CEO of Muse Recordings (Artistic Achievement Award), and Roger Ferguson Jr., president and CEO of TIAA-CREF (Global Achievement Award).

The One Hundred Black Men Inc. is a nationwide nonprofit that was founded in New York City in 1963 by David Dinkins, former mayor; Livingston Wingate, retired New York State Supreme Court Justice; and Andrew Hatcher, associate press secretary to President John F. Kennedy.

The philanthropic organization brings together business, political, and community leaders to improve conditions in black communities. They are involved in health, mentoring, and education programs, among others, and have founded three all male schools in the city, called Eagle Academies. They also offer college scholarships to high-school seniors.

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