The 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge has elected Baton Rouge attorney, Michael R.D. Adams, as its new chairman of the Board and president. Adams was a part of the original group of men who formed the Baton Rouge chapter of 100 Black Men in 1993.
“I wasn’t there on day one, but I was there on day two ready to work,” Adams said of his initial involvement. “The perspective I’ve gained after 27 years of being a part of this organization and watching it grow uniquely positions me to build upon the successes of the past. 2020 has shown us that we still have work to do…our job is to create new ways of delivery while being relevant and impactful,” said Adams.
100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge is a corps of member volunteers actively influencing and transforming the lives of underrepresented and disenfranchised youth, with a focus on Blacks. The 100 addresses systemic issues and bridges opportunity gaps for Black youth.
A longtime resident of Baton Rouge, Adams is a partner at Decuir, Clark, and Adams LLP. After a decorated undergraduate career at Southern University, where he served as Student Government President, Adams went on to graduate from Southern University Law Center in 1988, and practices in the area of complex commercial litigation.
Throughout his tenure as a member and board member of The 100, Adams has championed the cause of mentoring youth in order to provide a direct impact on the Baton Rouge community. He assisted in the formation of 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge’s Back to School Expo which, in its five years, aided over 10,000 students and families with the tools and information necessary to return to school. Adams’ goals are to shepherd his new leadership team to continue to embrace the fundamentals of mentoring with an emphasis on Health and Wellness and Social Justice.
“It is with mixed emotions that I pass the gavel to Michael Adams,” said outgoing president Fred Sibley, “I will miss leading this exceptional group of men and I am proud of all we have accomplished. I know that The 100 is in outstanding hands under the leadership of President Adams. The organization will benefit from the combination of his experience in the 100, his knowledge of the Baton Rouge community, and his vision for the future.”
Executive director Brace Trey Godfrey said, “A change in leadership is a significant moment in the history of any organization, and this change is no different. I remain deeply grateful to past president Fred Sibley for welcoming me in as executive director and leading The 100 into a new era of leadership and service. I am equally enthusiastic about the leadership of President Adams and look forward to working with him and the Board as we push for real, dynamic change that transforms lives and reinforces our collective commitment to our communities.”