The 100 Black Men of Greater South Bend celebrated their annual gala this past weekend at Four Winds Casino in South Bend with a mission to tackle issues plaguing African American males in their community. The focus lies on enhancing the graduation rate and improving the overall conditions of their locale.
In existence for the past 14 years, the South Bend group was officially chartered in July 2009. The gala is pivotal as it raises funds allowing the program to continue its supportive roles for young Black males in South Bend.
The president of the 100 Black Men of Greater South Bend, Marvin Curtis, shared their aim to uplift the community’s youth, particularly young Black men, by serving as role models and mentors to guide them toward a better path. He emphasized that with many students hailing from single-parent households, the group often steps in to fill the role of father figures.