Gov. Nathan Deal to keynote 100 Black Men of Atlanta luncheon Wednesday Project Success to honor 13 college graduates

ATLANTA—Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal will be the keynote speaker at the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc.’s Annual Stakeholders and Community Briefing on Wednesday, April 24, at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. The luncheon, presented by The Coca-Cola Company, will begin at 11:30 a.m.

John T. Grant. Jr., chief executive officer, said this year, the organization will celebrate the accomplishments of the first graduating class of 8 in Project Success Phase IV, the 100 Black Men’s mentoring program. He said the theme, “The Power of One,” recognizes the dedication of the mentors who have worked with students.

“We believe the impact of one individual can make a huge difference in the lives of our youth. We want to thank our partners who continuously demonstrate their commitment in helping us make a difference,” Grant said.


Alexander Greene, a college freshman at Stetson University, is one student who says Project Success has made a difference in his life.

“This program has helped me to not only understand school better, but teaches me life skills that will help me once I graduate. Growing up without a father consistently present was taking a toll on my life,” Greene said. “It was through this program that I found allies and positive role models who have given me opportunities I never would have imagined. Now, I understand the power that I hold over my destiny and how I can contribute to the change I want to see in my neighborhood.”

At the luncheon, 13 Project Success  college graduates will be recognized for outstanding achievement:
DeMarcus Acree, Clayton State University

Dewitt Harris, University of West Georgia

Naomi Jean-Pierre, Howard University

Shanquesia Jones, Johnson & Wales University

Muhammad Lucious, Bethune Cookman University

Brenton McCullough, Atlanta Metropolitan College

Jasmine Moore, Howard University

Douglas Peters, Georgia Southern University

Jamal Releford, University of Georgia

Lesha Simpson, Georgia State University

Antonika Souder, Agnes Scott College

Patrick Lai-Fang, Kenneth Perry, Jr., College of Woostster

Malcolm Perry, College of Wooster


The luncheon also will serve to recognize the 100’s 15th chairman of the board. Past Chairman Gregory L. Hawkins, C.E.O. SOAR Hospitality Group, LLC will pass the gavel to new board chair, Henry A. Kelly, project executive, Georgia Power Company.


This year’s honorary event chairmen are Michael K. Anderson, President and CEO, Georgia Power Foundation, Inc., Nathaniel R. Goldston, III, Chairman and CEO, Gourmet Services, Inc. and Milton J. Little, Jr., President, United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta. Also participating on program will be Craig A.Williams, Vice President, North America; The McDonald's Division, The Coca-Cola Company; Jason A. Julien, Stinson, Morrison Hecker, LLP, Project Success Phase III Alumnus; the Rev. Raphael Warnock of Ebenezer Baptist Church; Kathleen Bertrand, senior vice presents of Community and Government Affairs, Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau; and Atlanta City Council President Ceasar C.Mitchell,


Others in attendance will include corporate and non-profit community leaders, officials from city, county and state governments and members of the 100. Tickets are available at $85 each or $850 for a table of 10 and can be purchased online at

or call 404.525.6220. Proceeds will benefit the Project Success Scholarship Fund, which support the post-secondary expenses of students enrolled in Project Success.