2011 Archive

  • 09 Nov 2011 4:16 PM | Valencia Jowers (Administrator)

    The 200+ Men hosted a Meet & Greet Reception, on the evening of November 3rd, at the McGrew Towers Conference Center on the campus of Hampton University. The 48 attendees enjoyed light refreshments and fellowship followed by video and verbal presentations on the history, mission, accomplishments and goals of the 200+ Men. The Q&A session which followed was interactive and lively. All in attendance agreed that the presentations were informative and inspirational.

    There were some folks who got choked up being in the room that night. One person remarked, “It’s an uncommon experience to see that many professional black men in the same room focused on making a positive difference; it should not be”. A Seventy-seven year old retired Navy gentleman stood up and thanked the 200+ Men for what they were doing and urged them to continue. There were many similar comments and sentiments.

    In closing the reception, 200+ Man Melvin Dawson, the spiritual leader for the Meet and Greet, had all to join hands in a circle around the room for prayer before departing and brought remembrances of brotherhood and the power of togetherness during the days of civil rights. I think everyone felt the power of that moment.

    Two attendees joined the 200+ Men on the spot and several others indicated they will be submitting their membership application by mail or on-line. The 200+ Men Journey Continues . . .

  • 27 Oct 2011 3:56 PM | Valencia Jowers (Administrator)

    Quarles was elected to the board of directors at the organization's October general membership meeting Saturday, Oct. 15, at Booker T. Washington High School.

    The Detroit native, who holds a M.D. degree from Howard University College of Medicine and completed a dermatology residence at Howard University Hospital, has practiced dermatology in Hampton Roads for almost 30 years. He was honored as "The Practitioner of the Year" for 2008 by the National Medical Association, for which he has served as its Dermatology Section chair.

    A contributor to national, state and local journals, newspapers and magazines, Quarles completed an historical document of African Americans specializing in dermatology in America.

    Quarles filled an unexpired seat vacated by Carlos Clanton, a former 200+ secretary now executive director of the Norfolk Education Foundation. The term expires next year.

    Three 200+ directors were re-elected to three-year terms. They are Gregory Underwood, Norfolk's commonwealth's attorney; William Gibson, a retired Portsmouth Public Schools administrator and an associate minister at St. John Baptist Church in Portsmouth; and Anthony Epps, owner of Apex Financial Group of Virginia.

  • 17 Feb 2011 4:04 PM | Valencia Jowers (Administrator)
    Emanuel Chestnut was honored with the 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award in a ceremony held in February 2011. This award is given each year to individuals in the community who exemplify the civil rights leader's dreams and goals.

    After serving his country for more than 20 years in the U.S. Navy, Emanuel embarked on a second career as a veteran affairs counselor at TCC's Virginia Beach Campus. Since then, he has been a significant force in the lives of many students. He is a tireless advocate for veterans as they seek to improve their lives by continuing their education.

    As an adult student himself, Chestnut returned to school earning an associate degree in liberal arts and a bachelor's in sociology from Saint Leo University. He also earned a master's in urban education from Norfolk State University. Thanks Emanuel for all that you continue to do for this community.
  • 27 Jan 2011 3:48 PM | Valencia Jowers (Administrator)
    On December 19th, 2010, at New Calvary Baptist Church, the new officers and directors of The 200+ Men Inc. were sworn into office before a large crowd of 200+ Men and well wishers by the Honorable Jerrauld C. Jones, Norfolk Circuit Court Judge. The swearing in was preceded by an inspirational message given by Rev. Dr. William Marcus Small, Pastor of New Calvary.

    During the installation service, George Crawley was recognized and honored for his many years of service and leadership to the 200+ Men. Also honored was George's wife, Cynthia, the unofficial "200+ Men First Lady", for her dedicated and untiring off-line support of the 200+ Men during George's tenure.
  • 27 Jan 2011 3:45 PM | Valencia Jowers (Administrator)
    James A. Gray, Jr., Assistant City Manager for the City of Hampton, was unanimously elected as the new President of the 200+ Men Inc. He was formally installed into that position at the installation service held on December 19th, 2010. In his acceptance speech, James in his customary mild mannered tempo, graciously accepted the challenge. Having previously served as our Vice President for Community Initiatives, James has demonstrated the dedication, knowledge, skills and abilities to lead The 200+ Men on it's continuing journey.

    In a written December holiday message to our members he stated, "Among the many blessings that I have received was the opportunity to be installed as your president. I am truly thankful that you have entrusted me with the leadership of our great organization, The Hampton Roads Committee of 200+ Men".
  • 27 Jan 2011 3:35 PM | Valencia Jowers (Administrator)
    George Crawley advised our nominating committee that he didn't wish to have his name placed in nomination to serve as President and CEO for another term, a position he has held since late 1997. In a letter to all members dated November 24, 2010, he wrote in part, "I have thoroughly enjoyed working with all of you as we've developed The 200+ Men Inc. into one of the nation's premier voluntary organizations of African American men. But there comes an appropriate time to pass the leadership reins to others - and now is the time".  In his letter, George cited how and why the 200+ Men came together. He further proudly remarked about the many accomplishments of the 200+ Men over the past 13 years, the most notable of which are our annual Scholars Breakfast, Brother-to-Brother camp and Caravan to Richmond.

    In closing he wrote, "The Journey Continues and I trust all of us will be part of it". George will continue to be active with the 200+ Men as our Immediate Past President.
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