The 100 Black Men of America, Inc. started in 1963. Its mission is to provide African American young men programs that foster respect for family, spirituality, justice, and integrity. Each year, 25,000 men mentor 125,000 young men in 116 chapters nationwide. From this group has come corporate and community leaders as well as many business owners. Their success stems from those who have achieved reaching back to assist those who are needy. The same principle was at work 3,000 years ago when Boaz took on the role of a family redeemer to assist Ruth and Naomi. Naomi was a poor widow, recently returned from Moab after the death of her husband and two sons. Ruth, her daughter-in-law chose to come with her despite their poverty. Following Naomi’s guidance, Ruth asked Boaz to fulfill his duty as a near kinsman. Boaz gladly accepted the role, married Ruth and supported Naomi. He assisted both women in their time of need. As it turned out, he fulfilled God’s purposes for the entire human race. Boaz was an ancestor of King David and of Jesus the Messiah. He used his God-given resources to make a difference for others. Making a difference is something we can all do.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community. Read More

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