The three-fold vision of A Good Black Man, Inc is empowerment, education and community service. We seek to contribute to the empowerment of African American males through our annual Legacy of Excellence Initiatives.

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Throughout the year, they have made many contributions to the African American community with their long hours of dedicated work-a beautiful example of unselfish love. We appreciate their investment of time and talents to positive endeavors that support, empower and uplift the African American community and in particular, its males.


The 1st L.O.E. Awards recipients (l-r): Derrell Owens, Craig
Thompson, De Lacy Davis, Dr. John T. Chissell, K.C. Burton.
It is in that spirit, we extend our sincere gratitude and heartfelt congratulations to the recipients of the A Good Black Man, Inc. Legacy of Excellence (LOE) Award. Nominees are submitted to the board of directors and are selected (by vote) on the basis of merit. Once selected, nominees are publicly acknowledged at the Legacy of Excellence Awards Celebration in their honor.

The public is provided the opportunity to extend their support and congratulations as well as purchase ad space in the Legacy of Excellence Souvenir Journal. The journal is published each year and includes the biography of each award recipient. The festivities begin with a special Sponsors Reception designed to give the nominees, event sponsors and dignitaries an opportunity to meet and network (contact us at info@agoodblackman.com for information about how you can become a sponsor).

Since 2002, this award has been bestowed to 5 outstanding individuals who exemplify the five principles set forth to promote the positive contributions that Black males make to their families and communities. The gateways are: Our Heroes, Our Future, Keeper of the Flame, Passing the Baton and Our Better Halves.

OUR HEROES: We honor those Black men whose contributions typically go unrecognized. With essays, articles, and photos, we acknowledge their acts of kindness or courage in or for the benefit of their communities.

PASSING THE BATON: We salute those Black men who volunteer their time and talents in an effort to empower their people. We honor the men who provide counseling, guidance and mentoring.

KEEPERS OF THE FLAME: We want to provide a forum for exposing the world to the little known genius Black men have always possessed. So, we honor our Black scholars, teachers, inventors and leaders.

OUR BETTER HALVES: We honor and acknowledge those Black men who are nourishing and nurturing their relationships with their partners.

OUR FUTURE: We want the world to know that our young people are stepping up to the plate to do the right thing. So, we put the spotlight on the positive things our young Black males are doing in their communities to make a difference.

OPTIMAL ACHIEVER: This award is presented to the American high school senior, or college student who has demonstrated an appreciation for and understanding of the best possible emotional, intellectual, physical, spiritual and socioeconomic aliveness, which was promoted and practiced by the quintessential physician and champion of "Optimal Health," Dr. John t. Chissell.

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