“Pam’s Party Line” column for July 18, 2013

Twenty years ago, the late Brace Godfrey Jr. brought to Baton Rouge a nonprofit organization of black men who step forward and “assume roles of community leadership, responsibility and guidance.” He served as the first president of 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge, as well as on the national board of directors.

On June 27, Michael W. Victorian was sworn in as president of the 34th chapter of 100 Black Men of America at its investiture ceremony at the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. Handling the swearing in was City Court Judge Yvette Alexander. Walter Tillman Jr. served as master of ceremonies for the evening.

Others taking the oath of office included Fred Sibley, vice president of operations; Howard White, vice president of development; John Smith, vice president of programs; Gordon Bell, vice president of finance; Jenrick Nixon Sr., secretary; and board members Kevin Barnes, Bernell Boudreaux, Adell Brown Jr., Earl Butler, Alvin Cavalier, Eugene Collins, Lorain Crenshaw, Ernie Hughes, Floyd Luster Jr. and Matthew Valliere.

Addressing the new officers and membership were Southern University Chancellor James Llorens; John Carpenter, BRAF director of donations; and Ollivette Mencer, a parent of one of the 100’s Project Excel’s mentees.

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