HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Hempstead, New York - 100 Black Men of Long Island, Inc.’s Health & Wellness Chairman featured on Fios1’s Heroes on our Island.
About: 100 Black Men of Long Island, Inc.: The Long Island Chapter is the second oldest chapter of 100 Black Men of America, Inc. Since its inception 100 Black Men of Long Island, Inc. has been working in the area of Education, Mentoring, Health & Wellness, and Economic Empowerment. The four areas of Education, Mentoring, Health & Wellness, and Economic Empowerment have evolved into our international mission over the last couple of decades.
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The logo of the organization stands for a broad group of men who have exemplified excellence in a variety of structures coming together to give 100 % effort to improve our community. Mentoring is considered to be the crown jewel of the organization, and one of our national models is “What they see they’ll be”! Sustainability of creating success across many generations is a key index of the impact of our mission.
About: Kevin Byrd grew up in Utica, attended local schools and graduated from Proctor High 1998. After graduating high school he visited his grandparents in Los Angeles, California he decided to compete in a talent contest and won. But instead of signing a contract with any number of agents who wanted him, he decided to return to the East Coast and earned his degree from Long Island University.
A very ambitious youth, Kevin always had a job. Either delivering papers, or mowing lawns, working at nursing homes or funeral homes, Kevin has always been focused and diligent.
Kevin Byrd’s work in February 2012 (for Black History Month) was honored and entered into the Congressional Record on February 2nd, 2012 by Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, and recognized his annual Prostate Cancer Awareness Observance Day Globally. Byrd has been honored by over 100 International Mayors/Government officials across the World and has earned more than 150 Proclamation Awards.
Kevin Byrd’s home town of Utica designated October 1st as KEVIN BYRD DAY, and there is a Kevin Byrd Day in DeKalb County, Georgia on November 2nd.
Kevin Byrd is nationally known for his portrayal as Lt. John R. Fox in the 2006 History/HBO movie “Honor Deferred” produced by Al Roker, starring Samuel Jackson and Bernie Mac.
Lt. John R. Fox a WW II hero who killed 100 German Soldiers in the war died in action, and was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor five decades after his heroic acts by President Clinton. The documentary earned an Emmy/NAMIC Vision Award Nomination and garnered great reviews. The likeness of Lt. John R. Fox was transformed into a G.I Joe Action Figure by Hasbro the summer of 2008.
Kevin Byrd in July 2008 starred in the Hit Bollywood Movie by Award Winning movie producer/director Manan Kathora called “When Kiran Meets Karen” and was the only African-American male actor who starred in the movie; which garnered national great media reviews.
Byrd also starred as the cover model for the best-selling paperback novel, “Things In Between” by Nathanial Portis, distributed in book stores nationwide including Barnes and Nobles and sold over 100,000 copies.
For more information on programs, membership opportunities and sponsorship opportunities you may contact 100 Black Men of Long Island, Inc. by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or logging on to our website at www.100blackmenofli.org