Advocate for Children, Author, Good Scout
Tommy Dortch’s hard work and guidance as former national president of 100 Black Men of America helped the organization grow from 43 to 102 chapters in the United States, England, and the West Indies. The result: More African Americans have enjoyed an improved quality of life and more educational and business opportunities.
Mr. Dortch, a Boy Scout in the 1960s in Taccoa, Georgia, helped build a partnership between the Atlanta 100 Black Men chapter and the Atlanta-area Boy Scout council.
Building on his foundation in Scouting, Mr. Dortch has been an advocate for raising funds to assist single parents and communities in meeting the needs of their children. In 2000, he authored The Miracles of Mentoring, the Joy of Investing in Our Future, a much needed how-to guide for adults who could be role models for urban youth.
While leading an effort to grow adult mentors, he had a goal to recruit 2 million new mentors in five years. In his first try, 6,000 new mentors were recruited during a Houston event. Then he asked Oprah Winfrey to host a show appealing for mentors. That day, his Web site received 28,000 commitments per minute. By the end of that first day, 1.6 million new mentors were recruited.
Mr. Dortch’s accomplishments include establishing the Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, co-founding the Georgia Association of Minority Entrepreneurs, and serving on the National Drug Free Communities Act Advisory Commission, the Sickle Cell Foundation, and the National Assault on Illiteracy board. He has been honored with the U.S. Presidential Citation for Volunteerism, the Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Award, and the History Makers Award, among others.