Leadership Academy – History

In 1991, the DeKalb County Chapter of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. was formed and the Leadership Academy was initiated shortly thereafter as its flagship community service. Many members of the DeKalb Chapter were already individually involved with mentoring programs through the local school systems. The Chapter Board of Directors empowered the President-elect to proceed in establishing a leadership program through the DeKalb Public School system. Michael German and Dr. Andrew H. Griffin, Jr. of the DeKalb County Chapter developed the concept of the Academy. 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. Presently, there are seven schools being served, the original three, plus, Leslie Steele, Chapel Hill, Tilson and Terry Mill Elementary Schools.

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