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Baton Rouge's 100 Black Men Founder Dies

5 years ago March 13, 2010 Mar 13, 2010 Saturday, March 13 2010 Saturday, March 13, 2010 7:09:39 PM CST in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Chris Nakamoto


The founding President of 100 Black Men, Brace Godfrey has died.

Friends of the family told News 2 he died of a massive heart attack early Saturday morning in his sleep.

Godfrey helped create the organization that provides leadership to the city's African American youth. 

"Godfrey impacted young folks by impacting adults," Adell Brown, a 100 Black Men Member said. "He continually drove us to see the vision that we had to get out there in the community." 

Godfrey was also known for his role in improving downtown Baton Rouge.

"There were very few African Americans moving with economic development projects, especially big projects," Baton Rouge Mayor President Kip Holden said.

"This is a very tragic time for this to happen in the midst of all the other great things happening in downtown Baton Rouge," John Smith, 100 Black Men Member said.

Although he is gone, community leaders said his legacy will live on.  Funeral arrangements have not been set.  Godfrey was 58 years old.

Earlier story follows:

Brace Godfrey, 58, a founding president of 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge, passed away.

A friend of Godfrey's told WBRZ he died of a heart attack early Saturday morning.

Godfrey helped develop leadership programs for African-American youth.

He also launched Cyntreniks with attorney John Schneider in 2005. Since then they have taken on projects in an effort to redevelop downtown Baton Rouge.

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