The chairman emeritus of Atlanta-based 100 Black Men of America, Inc. will soon have something in common with 13 U.S. presidents, Hank Aaron, Neil Armstrong, Walt Disney, Charles Lindbergh and Colin Powell. Thomas W. Dortch Jr. will receive the Silver Buffalo Award, Scouting’s highest commendation for service to youth, at the 100 Black Men of America’s annual conference on June 11 in New York City.
From 1994-2004, Dortch served as president of 100 Black Men of America, a national alliance to improve the quality of life and increase educational opportunities for African Americans. He built a program of mentoring, education, health and wellness, and economic development known as “Four for the Future” while expanding the organization in the United States and internationally. Today, 100 Black Men has more than 100 chapters with more than 10,000 members and 100,000 youth participants in its mentoring and youth development programs.
Silver Buffalo Awards have given annually since 1925 to civic-minded men and women for their invaluable contributions and service to youth. Dortch is one of 11 Silver Buffalo recipients this year, including NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon.
“Tommy has invested his life in developing educational opportunities and mentoring young people,” said Robert Mazzuca, Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America. “The Silver Buffalo Award recognizes the immeasurable impact Tommy has made on youth everywhere.”
Dortch became involved in Scouting as a youth and now serves the BSA as a board member for the Southern Region. In addition, his contributions to society are far-reaching including work for the national Drug-Free Communities Act Advisory Commission, the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, the Black/Jewish Coalition, the national Assault on Illiteracy program and the National Business League. He was instrumental in establishing the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, the Georgia Association of Minority Entrepreneurs and the Greater Atlanta Economic Alliance.
Dortch is chairman and CEO of TWD, Inc., a consulting firm with emphasis on business development, public relations and fundraising. He is the author of “The Miracles of Mentoring: The Joy of Investing in Our Future.”
Dortch earned a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from Fort Valley State University and a masters of art degree in criminal justice administration from Clark-Atlanta University. He holds honorary doctorate degrees from Fayetteville State University and Jarvis Christian College.
Joining Dortch as the 2009 recipients of the Silver Buffalo Award are Thomas Buffenbarger of Maryland, Kent Clayburn of California, Randall Cline of Pennsylvania, Larry Cunningham of Texas, Jeff Gordon of North Carolina, Ronald Migita of Hawaii, Nathan Rosenberg of California, James Turley of New York, Charles Walneck of Illinois, and Lance Wickman of Utah.
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