Tabor 100 is an association of entrepreneurs and business advocates who are committed to economic power, educational excellence and social equity for African-Americans and the community at large.
Vision and Organizational Goals
1) Become a connecting link between existing organizations to enhance communication and coordination of existing programs and capacities.
2) Vigorously advocate minority business interests, ventures and initiatives to the benefit of our members and community. Assist those individuals and organizations within the African-American community seeking to develop more effective development of economic, political and educational opportunities for black communities throughout the Pacific Northwest.
3) Identify youth interested in professional careers for the purpose of providing mentoring, scholarship or motivational assistance, leadership and development. Coordinate with those groups already providing assistance to “at risk” youth, to determine how and in what manner we might assist them.
4) Develop international trade opportunities through strong alliances.
5) Have a dedicated and disciplined membership that extends to each other the highest levels of trust and integrity, and who treat each other with the utmost mutual respect.
In memory of Langston Tabor 1942-1998
Tabor 100 was inspired by the dedication, passion and commitment of Mr. Langston Tabor, a renowned advocate for the African-American community of Seattle. On November 12, 1998, the African-American community lost a unique and gifted friend in the passing of Langston Tabor.
Langston’s legacy of leadership and passion for the enhancement of the economic, educational and political advancement of African-Americans. This commitment was shared by L. David Tyner III who found a common tenet of these values in his friendship with Langston. While reflecting on Langston’s aggressive lobbying for training programs for young black and minority males and fairness in public contracting in the construction industry, David recalled a conversation between Langston and himself just a few days before Langston’s passing.
In response to that conversation, David felt a strong calling to assist in the ongoing identification and development of entrepreneurs and leaders in the Pacific Northwest. David gathered friends and business acquaintances and the Tabor 100 was formed. Through the assistance of Dr. William Bradford, former Dean of the University of Washington Business School, Reverend Laverne Hall of the Mount Zion Baptist Church, good friend and business owner Daryl Thomas, and A. Carl Smith, a local businessman whose father’s (Sam Smith) long and distinguished political career was dedicated to aiding people to gain economic access, the initial framework of the group was undertaken.
Together with a host of others, Tabor 100 was created as a grassroots organization, incorporated and designed to facilitate economic empowerment. David launched Tabor 100 as the chairman and a founder. This legacy continues through the passion and dedication of those who are members and partners to Tabor 100 today.