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Youths Mentored By 100 Black Men

(Akron, OH) -- The 100 Black Men of Akron hosted their National Mentoring Month event at the New Hope Baptist Church on Sunday, January 31, 2024.

In attendance were a number of their mentees, members and visitors to culminate the Annual National Mentoring Month of January.

Over 65 young mentees and members came to hear a special message given by the host pastor, Dr. David M. Nelson, ”We all have talents we should share with our youths,” said Dr Nelson in praising the work of the 100 Black Min is doing to mentor Akron young men.

 Dr. Michael Robinson, Superintendent of Akron Public Schools, was pinned as a new member of the 100 Black Men of Akron by President Eufrancia Lash and President Emeritus Michael Irby.

The 100 Black Men of America, led by National president Johns, is a national organization with its headquarters in Atlanta, GA and has members and chapters all across the country. The 100 Black Men of America, Inc. is recognized as the nation’s top African American-led mentoring organization.

The local chapter in Akron, led by founding president Michael Irby for several years,  hosts it’s Leadership Academy for young men and holds monthly mentoring events at various schools in the Akron Public School system.

Eufrancia Lash was recently elected the new  president of the 100 Black Men of Akron. A member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Lash is Deputy Director of Public Service with the City of Akron. He was the past president of Black Leadership Alumni Council at the University of Akron, Leadership Akron- class 32, and other civic organizations.  

Other officers are: Edward Smith-vice president of operations,  and Tony Grimes- Vice president of finance.

If you would like to learn more about the local chapter of the 100 Black Men of America, please visit



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