As early as 2006 the founder of Single Black Seniors Meet (SBSM,) Gerri Norington, entertained the idea of starting social events for seniors with even a matchmaking element to them. The timing was not right but the vision kept recurring, especially at times when travel opportunities would be available or when special occasions arose requiring a date, like a gala or an important fundraising event or just to have a quiet evening with someone of the opposite sex as company. Online dating sites were explored but it seemed playing games was the order of the day for most there, or the quality or caliber of those shown just didn’t measure up.
Finally in the spring of 2016, the founder saw a documentary done on senior speed-dating called “The Art of Love” about Caucasian seniors in upstate New York. Suddenly the spark was re-ignited to organize social events for single black seniors and to conduct speed-dating events dispersed among the other social activities to facilitate connections. Shortly thereafter Single Black Seniors Meet was born.