"What They See Is What They'll Be"

News from the 100 Black Men of Madison, Inc. 

 June 2014


School Spotlight: African American History Challenge Spurs Learning, Competition
PAMELA COTANT | For the State Journal


The three Badger Rock Middle School students who competed locally, then nationally, in the African American History Challenge [Bowl] learned more than historical facts.  Angela Moreno-Lopez, 13, who just finished seventh grade, said she now knows she can perform in a competitive environment. Patrice Johnson, 13, who was an eighth-grader at Badger Rock, said the national competition in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, helped her overcome worries about talking in front of people and being filmed. "I've never been on a plane before, so I overcame a lot of my fears," she said. "I've never been in an ocean." The third member of the team, Olivia Mardak-Kennebeck, 13, who just finished seventh grade.

The National African American History Challenge [Bowl] was held June 13 at the 28th Annual Conference of 100 Black Men of America, where the Badger Rock students missed a chance to advance by one question.

The Badger Rock team earned its appearance at the national event by competing against 11 other middle schools in the Madison School District at the 20th annual African American History Challenge [Bowl] presented April 5 by 100 Black Men of Madison. The group is a nonprofit organization that aims to make a positive difference in the lives of area youth.

The African American history competition was done in a quiz show format, and the winning team was awarded trophies, monetary prizes and an expenses-paid trip to the national competition. "We actually view the African American History Challenge bowl as a process rather than an event," said Floyd Rose, president of the 100 Black Men of Madison.

Glenn Patterson, a Badger Rock teacher, said the contest provided an especially important lesson for the students at the school, which has about 100 students. "They got to experience that David could actually slay a lion," Patterson said. "They got to be part of a team ... It just very much enhanced their experience in education."

Angela said she hears references in the media and in every day life to what she learned in the competition. Now, she has a better understanding of the history behind those things.  "It was a chance for me to learn something new," Patrice said.

Besides studying and competing, the students had other experiences like swimming in the ocean next to their hotel and walking on the Hollywood Beach Boardwalk.

"It was probably both stressful and fun," Olivia said.
100 Black Men of Madison Receives University of Wisconsin-Madison Community Partnership Award 


Pictured left to right:  Dr. Rebecca Blank, UW-Madison, Chancellor; Edward Murray; Robert Steele 
In 2013 the 100 Black Men of Madison, at the direction of 100 Black Men of America Chairperson, Curley M. Dossman, established a Prostate Cancer Awareness initiative to increase focus on prostate cancer due to its growing rate among the general population with significantly higher incidence and death rates for African-American and Hispanic males.

On 3 June 2014, the 100 Black Men of Madison and the Cancer Health Disparities Initiative were selected by the University of Wisconsin-Madison as recipients of the University-Community Partnership Award for their combined work to address Prostate Cancer.
100 Black Men of Madison, Inc. Annual Golf Outing
28 July 2014 - The Legend at Bergamont - Oregon, WI


The 100 Black Men of Madison cordially invite everyone to join us for a wonderful day of golf on Monday, 28 July 2014, at The Legend at Bergamont in Oregon, Wisconsin.
Gather your friends, family and coworkers and join us for a fun day of golf to support the 100 Black Men of Madison as we strive to provide mentorship to our youth in Madison and Dane County!
The Golf Outing format is a four-person best ball scramble.  Prizes and awards will be given for the low gross teams, longest drive, closest to the pin, Putting Contest, Hole-in-one opportunities include a new automobile and/or motorcycle, and more.  Individuals and teams are welcome!

This golf outing is one of our signature events!  This fundraising event helps support all of the 100 Black Men of Madison's endeavors, such as our Youth Mentoring Programs, Backpacks for Success event, scholarship campaigns, and more!
Click here for sponsorship opportunities.
2014 Backpacks for Success Week


To recognize the gracious donations of our civic partners, Backpacks for Success Week will commence with the 6th Annual Backpacks for Success Banquet on 12 August 2014, at 5:30 p.m. at the CUNA Mutual Conference Center, 5810 Mineral Point Road, Madison, WI 53705.  Our 2014 Keynote Speaker is Curley M. Dossman, Jr., Chairman of the Board, 100 Black Men of America, Inc. (pictured left).  Tables for this event are available for purchase here


The Backpack Stuffing Party will take place on Thursday, 14 August, at the National Guard Armory in Madison, WI.  Volunteers are needed and can register here.


Then, on Saturday, 16 August, the 100 Black Men of Madison (the "100") will holdthe Backpacks for Success Picnic.  Over the past 19 years, the "100" has provided over 25,000 backpacks filled with  school supplies to area low-income students.  At this year's event, our goal is to encourage, motivate and share school materials with more than 2,000 disadvantaged families who are at or below the poverty level.  To volunteer for this event, please click here


Prostate Cancer Awareness Walk
13 September 2014 - Downtown Madison, WI


The 100 Black Men of Madison will hold its 2nd Annual Prostate Cancer Awareness Walk 13 September 2014, in downtown Madison, WI.  Last year's walk was the first of its kind in Wisconsin.
The objective of this event is to raise awareness about a disease that is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among men in the United States and affects African-American men more than any other nationality.


Encouraged by the vision of Curley Dossman, Jr., Board Chairman of 100 Black Men of America, Inc., this event endeavors to encourage men to be screened to "Help Save the Life of Someone You Know." 

Watch the 100 Black Men of Madison website for future details about this year's Prostate Cancer Awareness Walk.

Calendar of Events

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Calendar of Events.


28 July
100 Black Men of Madison Annual Golf Outing
12 August
Backpacks for Success Appreciation Dinner

14 August
Backpacks for Success Stuffing Party

16 August
Backpacks for Success Picnic

13 September
100 Black Men of Madison Prostate Cancer Awareness Walk


The Mission of the 100 Black Men of Madison, Inc. is to improve the quality of life within our communities and enhance educational and economic opportunities for all African Americans.


100 Black Men of Madison, Inc. seeks to serve as a beacon of leadership by utilizing our diverse talents to create environments where our children are motivated to achieve, and to empower our people to become self-sufficient shareholders in the economic and social fabric of the communities we serve.



100 Black Men of Madison, Inc. is committed to the intellectual development of youth and the economic empowerment of the African American community based on the following precepts: respect for family, spirituality, justice, and integrity.



100 Black Men of Madison, Inc.
P.O. Box 787
Madison, WI 53701
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