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 all African-Americans.
The 100 Black Men of Dekalb was formed in 1991 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 1992 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.
ABOUT THE PRESIDENT
G. Bernard Levett, Jr.
G. Bernard Levett, Jr. is the current president and board chairman for the DeKalb County Chapter of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc.
As a businessman, entrepreneur, mentor, and native of Atlanta, G. Bernard Levett, Jr. uses his longstanding passions to evoke progress and change to uplift the community and those around him. His influence and impact can be measured across various industries and organizations in the Atlanta metro and beyond. At an early age, Levett understood the importance of servant leadership and the value in pursuing goals aligned to his talents. With interest in architecture and construction, Levett enrolled in Tuskegee University as a student of its Architectural School. During his college term, he accepted a one year off-campus assignment to participate in the design of the 1996 Summer Olympics Tennis Venue held in Atlanta. The following semester, Levett returned to his studies and leveraged the experience to successfully graduate at the top of his class.
Upon receiving a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Tuskegee University, Levett gained immense experiences working at R.L. Brown & Associates, as well as during his time at the Sizemore Group. In 2001, He broadened his experience by working for Princewill Properties as a senior project manager. His professional development during this period proved to be pivotal in deepening his expertise, experience, and passion for architecture. One year later, Levett founded B. Levett & Company, a construction company with a focus on commercial and residential development. With more than twenty years in the construction industry spanning numerous roles that include project engineering, architecture, project management, program management, and as a general contractor, B. Levett & Company is recognized as a reputable builder in metro Atlanta. Through various projects ranging from residential, commercial, and municipal projects, Levett has built a trustworthy company delivering the best client-focused service. Adding to the company’s portfolio, Levett expanded his construction business to form a joint venture company focused on the complete design-build for Head Start Schools in the Southeast Region. In 2021, continuing his entrepreneurial drive, Levett co-founded Genesis Fire & Water Restoration, a certified restoration company specializing in water damage repair services.
Understanding the importance of establishing minority-owned sustainable businesses in our communities, Levett also serves as Vice President and Board Member at Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc. The family-owned business is recognized as the largest privately-owned funeral home in Georgia. His executive leadership is a vital contribution to the success of the organization and positive impact on the families and communities served.
Always desiring to guide others to success, Levett focuses much of his extra time on serving others and community investment. A few of his affiliations include former Board Member of New Life Community Ministries (Decatur, GA), Elder at New Life Church (Decatur, GA), Mentor for Gwinnett County Schools Mentoring Program, Former Board Chair at North Metro Academy of Performing Arts Charter School (Gwinnett County Schools), Board Member of House of Love for the Family Foundation, Graduate of Leadership Rockdale Class of 2017, Member of Rockdale Chamber of Commerce, Member of Dekalb County Chamber of Commerce, and a mentor for young men in the Mathis Mentoring Program of Bob Mathis Elementary School.