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Triangle Residents Want to Start Local Chapter of National Group

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HOLLY SPRINGS — President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore are big supporters of an organization that's helping African American families. The group 100 Black Men of America is committed to improving the quality of life for parents and children. Now, there are efforts to create a chapter here in the Triangle.

Ken Martin is an architect who also enjoys helping young people design the blueprints for their futures. To do that, the Holly Springs city councilman launched the Triangle-East chapter of 100 Black Men of America.

"Economic development, education, mentoring, and health and welfare," says Martin. "Those are the four pillars of our programs."

The main purpose of the national organization is to reach out to children by reading to them and helping them aim for success.

"If we have a role model or mentor, in the long run we'll do better than we would if we didn't," says student Miguel Williams.

Durham City Councilman, Ty Cox, is the group's treasurer. He hopes many men will meet the challenge of of improving their communities.

"We hope to instill that men need to provide leadership with our young people," says Cox.

Local United Way President, Tom Duggard, is putting out the welcome mat for the 100 Black Men of America. He says the organization is desperately needed because there are not enough African American male mentors.

"This would be a part of the solution that could begin to build a better future for some of our young African-American males who need a mentor so desperately," says Duggard.

The organization conducted a national radio-thon Sunday. It is searching for real men who can give real time to really help the children.

Anyone wishing to become a member of 100 Black Men of America can contact the organization at919-557-5244.