100 Black Men of Atlanta Gives the B.E.S.T

On Tuesday, August 1st at 8 am, as the students of B.E.S.T. (Business, Engineering, Science, and Technology) Academy returned to school on their new campus, some were surprised by a special welcome back to school from The 100 Black Men Of Atlanta, Emerging 100 of Atlanta, The Collegiate 100, and leadership from the 100 Black Men Of America* national chapter which is based in Georgia. Reflecting the organization’s motto, “What They See Is Who They’ll Be,” each student walked through a tunnel of impeccably dressed cheering men. The boys were greeted with handshakes, high fives, positive affirmations, and encouraging words as they entered the school.

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For some students, it was a surprise and for others, an annual tradition, as the presence of 100 Black Men Of Atlanta is felt year-around through their mentorship program at The B.E.S.T. Academy. One of the young men now wearing his “100” pin on the lapel of his blazer was emotional as he reflected back on the impact that this annual ‘back to school’ tradition has had on his life. A graduate of B.E.S.T. Academy now enrolled as a freshman at Morehouse College, he identifies as a proud member of The Collegiate 100. He was there alongside his mentors offering handshakes and hugs motivating the students to strive for higher achievement as they approach the new school year.


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