In any field, be it in the public or private sector, professional or recreational, there’s usually a subset of people who are consider to be “in the know” and thus are people that you should know. This list of “who’s who” are generally considered the movers and shakers of their given fields,
When you take a look at this list of people who are inducted in tomorrow evening’s Who’s Who in Black Atlanta event at the Marriott Marquis at 6pm, there is an impressive list of people from all walks of life. From the corporate to the community, from the legendary to the up and coming, the people included in this 14th anniversary edition are not only a positive, powerful, and productive presence in the Black community, but in the greater Atlanta community.
Legendary figures such as civil-rights icon Andrew Young, Dr. Bernice King (daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr.), corporate innovators Chris Womack, Greg and Juanita Baranco, government leaders such as Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, and media figures such as Twanda Black and Esther Caspino are part of the directory of those considered as leaders in their respective fields and areas of interest. Even the late Wayne Brown, GM of the Atlanta-area Radio One networks, is being memorialized for his work and impact in media and the community.
Combined with those who work in nonprofits, education, the arts, banking, and other industries, it is a powerful reminder of what people are able to do when they put their time and talents to the greater good. And it’s more than just a celebration.
It’s a way to cross-reference, collaborate, and re-invigorate efforts regarding community engagement. Consider the partnerships that can come from such a meeting of the minds and a meeting of those who are actually doing what they can to make their neighborhoods, communities, and the larger landscape a better place for others.
Real estate projects? Business empowerment? Tutoring and mentoring programs for young people? Creation of funding opportunities for business, health, and education? The possibilities are endless.
All of the honorees have a story to tell, some advice to give, a work ethic and a track record of doing something constructive for the greater good. They may have had some obstacles to overcome in getting there, be it health related, rejection of their ideas, and isolation from those who are supposed to be “down” with them and their causes; however, these things didn’t get in their way, and as a result, their effort, energy, and resolve are made manifest through their professional and civic efforts.
Yes, work remains in making our communities the enriching and empowering places they can be, but there are those who are doing, working, and leading by example. Tomorrow is a way to say thank you for a job well done, along with encouragement to “keep on keeping on” in making things better one day at a time, one project at a time, and one life at a time.
And I’m honored to be among them…