100 Black Men of America Inc. (
Since its beginnings in New York nearly 50 years ago, this group has sought to bring together African American men committed to improving their communities. (A likeminded organization for women — the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, — also sprang up in New York in the early 1970s.) Over the years, 100 Black Men has far out-performed its moniker, expanding to more than 10,000 members in chapters around the world — including groups in the Bahamas, Senegal, Jamaica and England. Throughout its growth, 100 Black Men has remained true to its core precepts of respecting family, spirituality, justice and integrity, while also proving blacks’ capacity to excel as business owners, corporate directors and community leaders.

National MultiCultural Institute (
This Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization works with individuals, corporations, agencies and institutions seeking guidance on their approaches to increasing workplace diversity, creating more inclusive educational curricula and fostering cross-cultural understanding. By helping people learn to work better together through its national conferences, on-site workshops and training resources, the NMCI also gives professionals a chance to develop the kind of culturally sensitive organizational and management skills that high-level employers crave.

Women of Color Resource Center (
Based in Oakland, this national organization focuses on the professional, political, social and economic interests of women of color. They advocate for policies that seek to advance those interests, promote the development of leadership skills in women and girls to help them foster organizational change, and offer mentorship opportunities for individuals interested in increasing their knowledge of and participation in social justice work, in and out of their workplaces.

Minority Business Entrepreneur (
The publishing company behind the bi-monthly MBE magazine aims to speak directly to minority- and women-owned businesses, covering issues related to the creation, sustenance and growth of those enterprises. In addition to providing a forum for interaction between business owners and the agencies with which they contract, the 25-year-old publication also shines a light on success stories, including in each issue profiles of flourishing entrepreneurs whose triumphs and experiences might serve as object lessons for those who are just starting out.

Blacks in Government
A small group of African American employees at the federal Department of Health, Education and Welfare (the forerunner of today’s Department of Health and Human Services) founded this organization in 1975 in response to what they saw as “a wide assortment of racially motivated problems faced
by … black employees” in the department’s Rockville, Md. offices. It has since grown into a national entity with chapters across the country, including Greater Boston, that advocate for equal employment opportunities and conditions for black workers employed by federal, state and local government agencies.

The Links Incorporated (
The venerable volunteer service organization boasts among its membership more than 12,000 professional women of color in 270 chapters, all working to sustain and enrich the economic and cultural lives of African Americans and people of African ancestry. Its wide-ranging services include charitable donations to community-based organizations, fundraising in support of various cultural and artistic programs, outreach and advocacy to encourage improved access to health care, efforts to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in a number of important areas, and much more.