Alexander Praises Work of 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee

Says Congress Should Follow Advice of Alex Haley to “Find the Good and Praise it”

Posted on December 3, 2007

At a meeting of the 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) praised the work of the organization in inspiring youth with positive, successful role models and said Congress should work together in the same way. “The 100 Black Men is an outstanding organization, because members work with families, schools and the business community to achieve high goals,” Alexander said. “I’m here to follow the advice of my friend Alex Haley who lived by these words: find the good and praise it.” Alexander recounted the life of famed Tennessean and Roots author Alex Haley, noting that Haley’s words are good advice not only to young Americans but also for leaders in Congress. “Alex Haley’s example is good one for every young man who has been impacted by the 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee," Alexander said. “I think Congress could learn a thing or two from the hard working individuals in this room and from Alex Haley, too. When Americans look at Congress, they’re disgusted by the constant partisan sniping they see, and I don’t blame them. That’s why I’ve made it a priority to set a different tone and to work across party lines to solve big problems and achieve high goals.” Since 1991, 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee (The 100) has worked to give black, male youth the foundation of knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to become significant community contributors. There are three major human investment principles that guide the group’s efforts: Long-term commitment to a targeted group increases the chance for long-term success. Deep academic remediation and community exposure help boys maximize their talents. Members of the organization fund college scholarships. 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee was also recognized as the 2005 100 Black Men of America “Chapter of the Year” (Medium Chapter) – chosen from 103 chapters nationally and internationally.