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Well, I think that's what it is now, pretty much. It has a number of members. It has about five, six hundred members. In fact, I can find out exactly how many members it has for you, right now.

(Phone interruption:... agreed to terms; this is the Army, Equal Opportunity Specialist Department of the Army, Headquarters of the United States Army, in Europe, and the question is, when will I be going?)

I guess that's about all I need to say about the Group. I brought you up to date with them, in terms of the Hundred Black Men. I suspect that very few of the members of the Hundred Black Men know its origin. It's just as well.

Let me see if I can give a summary of what I really feel about that Group and the Hundred Black Men now. I think that the major thing that came out of this whole process was, giving blacks in New York City a sense of the importance of some kind of collective power. My own impression is that prior to the Group and the Hundred Black Men, its progeny, influence among blacks seemed largely individual, or the accident of an individual character such as Ray Jones -- or, for that matter, Ben Dyett-- and certainly, the most dramatic example of an isolated individual with power, that showed all of the symptoms of perversion of personal and isolative power, was Adam Powell.

But in place of this individual, isolated, and at times charismatic approach to influence and power among blacks, the Group and the Hundred Black Men experimented with the possibility of

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