Health & Wellness Emeritus | 100 Black Men of America, Inc.
Achievement has always been a mantra for Oklahoma native, Dr. James T. Black. Special recognition is something that has come along over the years for this businessman and dentist for his ability to provide jobs, goodwill and economic development for the Los Angeles community. Dr. Black graduated from Tennessee State University where he earned a B.S. degree in Biology. He went on to receive a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Loyola University, Chicago College of Dental Surgery. Along the way, Dr. Black was among the first class at the famed Michael Reese Hospital of Chicago, Illinois to receive the first Medical Technology Certification Award. Having served in the military, Dr. Black was awarded the commendation award for Meritorious Service. Upon arriving in Los Angeles, Dr. Black served as a Los Angeles County Public Health Officer and Dental Coordinator for the County’s Head Start Program. In 1977 he founded Crenshaw Professional Dental Center, a private General & Cosmetic Dental practice located in Los Angeles, CA, where he practiced dentistry in the Crenshaw community for nearly 40 years. Dr. Black was an active member of the Los Angeles Dental Society, the California Dental Association and the American Dental Association. He served on several dental health plans and peer review committees. Dr. Black was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi and Sigma Pi Phi fraternities and a member of the African-American group of the National Diabetes Education Program. Dr. Black served as President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the 100 Black Men of America from 1997-1999. He also served as National Chairman of the Health and Wellness Committee and as a member of the Executive Committee’s member at large. Dr. Black is responsible for increasing chapter awareness of diseases in the African-American communities and assisted in initiating the 100 Black Men’s National Blue Print for Action on Prostate Cancer. This guidebook was being used by all 105 chapters and other organizations to educate, screen and assist groups in their efforts to impact the African- American communities in their prostate cancer awareness programs. Dr. Black serves as National Health & Wellness Emeritus for the 100 Black Men of America and was an active member of the Xi Boule of Los Angeles, California where he served as Sire Archon for the years 2005-2007. Dr. Black currently resides in La Quinta, California with his wife, Joyce T. Black. They have two children and five grandchildren.
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