Synthia Saint James Commissioned To Design Art Piece For 100 Black Men of America

It’s not very often that you find an artist who has the ability to teach herself how to have an eye for detail, how to blaze a path with an immeasurable creative spark, and how to create a masterpiece that can capture the essence of African-American culture. Well, Synthia Saint James is one such artist. One that creates art from the heart.

Because of her numerous accomplishments, Synthia Saint James has been commissioned to design a signature painting for 100 Black Men of America’s 2006 Annual Conference. The piece will be designed in recognition of the 100’s 20th Anniversary Celebration, to be held from June 7-11, 2006 in Atlanta, Georgia. This year’s theme is “Celebrating 20 Years of Legends, Leaders and Legacies.”

A self-taught artist and author, Synthia has blossomed into an internationally renowned artist whose special touch continues to mean so much to so many people. Her work can be found on the covers of over 60 books including those by Alice Walker, Terry McMillan, Iyanla Vanzant and Julia Boyd, among many others.


“Artwork by Ms. Saint James is known for evoking power and compassion,” says Albert E. Dotson, Jr., Esq., Chairman of the Board for 100 Black Men of America, Inc. “When you look at her artwork, you’ll notice that the stance is looking upward. It signifies power, forward movement and looking to the creator for inspiration. I immediately thought these images were important to the theme of this year’s conference and set out to commission Ms. Saint James to design our original masterpiece.” Since 1990, Synthia Saint James has completed over 50 commissions for major organizations, corporations and individual collectors, including The House of Seagram, Brigitte Matteuzzi’s School of Modern Jazz Ballet (Geneva, Switzerland), the Mark Taper Forum, The Los Angeles Women’s Foundation, Kayser-Roth/Maybelline, Essence Magazine’s 25th Anniversary, The American Library Association, UNICEF, Dance Africa, The Girl Scouts of the USA’s 85th Anniversary, Attorney Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr., and the United States Postal Service, who commissioned her to create the first Kwanzaa Stamp.

Saint James’ original masterpiece will be displayed in the 100’s headquarters in Atlanta, along with other original art commissioned by 100 Black Men of America, Inc. Fans are encouraged to purchase autographed prints of the commissioned piece during the Annual Conference in June. Conference attendees are also encouraged to meet and greet Synthia in the Art/Literary Corner which showcases personal appearances from highly regarded authors, and allows them to present excerpts from their work and provide autographed copies of their books. As an added opportunity to interact with Synthia, fans and conference attendees can visit her at her very own booth during the Conference, where she will display some of her favorite pieces from her collection.

The 100 Black Men of America’s 20th Anniversary Celebration, scheduled for June 7-11, 2006 takes place at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center, 100 CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia. It is designed to focus on education and mentorship, as well as the distinctive interests and professional development needs of youth and families. This is a one of a kind event that will salute legends, leaders and the legacy of 100 Black Men of America, Inc. The event also connects America’s youth, conference attendees and the surrounding community with leading entrepreneurs, officials, educators, health-care professionals, clergy, business executives, nonprofit executives and entertainers.

100 Black Men of America, Inc. (affectionately known as the 100) is considered the world’s leading mentoring and youth-oriented organization. Today, the 100 has over 105 chapters in the U.S., England, Africa and the Caribbean, with more than 10,000 members, as well as over 100,000 youth participants in their mentoring and youth development programs. For more information on 100 Black Men of America, Inc., and to register for the Annual Conference, log onto


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