The mission of the 100 Black Men of Dekalb is to improve the quality of life in our communities and enhance education and economic opportunities for the all African-Americans.
The 100 Black Men of Dekalb was formed in 1992 by 14 businessmen from Dekalb County. The men wanted an organization in their community where they could devote their time and resources. The chapter is registered with Dekalb County as “The Dekalb County Chapter 100 Black Men of America, Inc.”
The Leadership Academy, the flagship community program, was conceptualized in 1991 to target young African American boys who are the target group in the community and at risk. The Chapter Board of Directors empowered the President-Elect to proceed in establishing a leadership program through the DeKalb Public School System. Working with the Chapter’s Education Committee and the DeKalb School System these men began the program in three schools: Snapfinger, Wadsworth and Knollwood Elementary Schools.
Dr. William C. Brown 1991 – 1993 Deceased
Michael German 1994 – 1995
Dr. Andrew H. Griffin, Jr., Ed.D. 1996 -1997
Kenneth A. Wimberly 1998
Ervin M. Walker 1999
Dr. James A. Stokes, DDS 2000 – 2001
Robert L. Brown 2002 – 2003
Sylvester B. Hopewell, Jr. 2004
Gregory B Levett, Sr. 2005 – 2007
Bernard Taylor, Esq. 2008 – 2009
Lamont Houston 2010 – 2011
Matthew Ware 2012 – 2013
Cornelius Stafford 2014 – 2015
About The President:
John W, Hollins, Jr, the President of the 100 Black Men of DeKalb County Inc., follows in a long legacy of leaders, passionate about improving the quality of life for youth and the citizens of underserved communities across this nation.
John W. Hollins, Jr. is a Sr. Account Executive with CBS 46 TV who has led his company in new business development for several years. Managing the advertising of some of the top auto dealer groups in Atlanta John has helped develop several local businesses through the resource of TV advertising and digital advertising.
John is a home grown product of Georgia, moving to Atlanta as a child with his parents and four siblings. He received his education in the Metro Atlanta area thru college attending Georgia State University, where he majored in Marketing with a minor in Public Relations.
While in school, John was a stand-out Baseball player at GSU, where he lettered 4 years, was all conference 1st team and received 2 votes for Conference Player of the Year his senior year, he made the Academic Athletic Honor as a Junior and was invited as an unrestricted free agent by the Pittsburg Pirates Organization preceding the 1986 MLB Draft his senior year. John uses this experience to give back to his community by running a youth baseball program to provide leadership and guidance to inner city baseball players; partnering with MLB Community Affairs department and the Atlanta Braves to provide leadership and mentoring through baseball. He has been responsible directly and indirectly for helping over 50 kids attend college with 3 currently in professional baseball.
In 2006 John founded HJ Consulting Group, Inc., a consulting practice which focuses on government IT contracts. HJC is a highly secured company with Q Federal Clearance, while managing highly trained technicians with Top Secret and Q clearance. At inception, the company introduced the most secured wireless application in the world to CDC in Atlanta. (Aruba Networks, Inc.) Aruba is now the standard of all CDC Wireless applications Worldwide. As a small minority owned business, HJC continues to create strategic partners and alliances Worldwide. HJC established a partnership with Verizon Federal in 2007 to provide a highly secured telecommunication network at the ORNL Y-12 Federal location.
John has an extensive background as a fine wine consultant. He held roles as National Sales Director for International Imports an import and export company and as the first African American Local Sales Manager for National Distributing Co. of Atlanta managing the chain store division, package store division and convenient store group.
John has been a proud member of the 100 Black Men of America since 2008, currently serving as the President of the DeKalb County Chapter. The organization provides scholarships, leadership programs, international travel and mentoring to young men and women throughout the Metro Atlanta area. Serving the community has been the most rewarding challenge he has ever enjoyed; believing that a community does not grow without its’ leaders giving back of their time and resources as moisture returns to earth to nourish the seeds of life.