WASHINGTON, DC – In honor of Black History Month on February 1, Decker Ngongang, Vice President of Programs at Mobilize.org has been recognized, as one of “TheGrio’s 100: History Makers In The Making.” Released by theGrio.com, a division of NBC News, the list includes 100 African-American men and women who are writing the next chapter of American history.
Nominated by a team of experts, affiliates, and contributors from across the country, and members of TheGrio.com and NBC News editorial teams, “TheGrio’s 100” shines a spotlight on the next generation of African-American history makers and industry leaders from 10 fields, including business, education, sports, science and the environment, media, service and activism, politics, health, pop culture and the arts.
Ngongang was chosen because of his work empowering Millennials around the country to move from passive to active citizenship and realizing that all social change must begin at the community level. Through organizing a series of national summits and financial investments into community programs and projects created and led by Millennials, Ngongang and Mobilize.org is shifting the conversation among the Millennial Generation from identifying problems to solving them.
“My generation, the Millennial generation isn’t hopeless; we aren’t apathetic, and we are connected and committed to making the future better,” he said. “I am inspired by the intention of the everyday young people I meet and motivated to match their passion, energy and commitment to making the world better for more people.”
Other notable honorees include First Lady Michelle Obama, for her “Let’s Move” campaign; singer and education advocate Jill Scott, actress Viola Davis, Olympic Gold Medalist Cullen Jones and NBA star Kevin Durant, among others.
TheGrio’s 100 will be profiled on all platforms of NBC News including “NBC Nightly News,” “TODAY,” MSNBC, CNBC, and msnbc.com starting February 1, and will continue at theGrio.com and on MSNBC throughout the month. Local NBC affiliates in Atlanta, Cleveland, San Diego, Washington, Memphis, St. Louis, Philadelphia, Charlotte and elsewhere will also profile honorees from their respective markets.
Beyond NBC News’ broadcast and digital outlets, several social media platforms are also engaged with “TheGrio’s 100″ initiative. TheGrio is working with foursquare, the location-based mobile application, to generate branded content and create a Black History “badge” that users can unlock by following TheGrio on foursquare and checking in at 100+ locations across the country that have been identified as historically relevant to Black History Month. For more information, visit: foursquare.com/thegrio. Fans can also check out more about “TheGrio’s 100″ on TheGrio’s facebook page and on Twitter @thegrio with hashtag #thegrios100.
A division of NBC News, TheGrio.com was launched in June 2009 as the first video-centric news community site devoted to providing African Americans with stories and perspectives that appeal to them but are underrepresented in existing national news outlets. TheGrio features aggregated and original video packages, news articles, and blogs on topics from breaking news, politics, health, business, and entertainment, which concern its niche audience.
Mobilize.org is an all-partisan organization that improves the way democracy works by investing in Millennial-led solutions. Through a series of national convenings, called Democracy 2.0 Summits, Millennials from around the country gather to discuss challenges facing our society and work collaboratively on solutions to address them.