Atlanta Business League Unveils Its 2011 Men of Influence, Inducts

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    21.     Hank Stewart, Founder & President,  The Stewart Foundation

    22.     Leonard  Walker, Atlanta Business Banking Division Manager, Wells

    Fargo & Company

    23.     Aaron Watson, Atlanta City Council Chair, Zoning Committee, City of


    24.     Gregory Wilson, Georgia Area Manager, CH2M Hill

    The ABL also announced its 2011 Men of Influence Legends:  the Honorable

    Clarence Cooper, Senior Judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District

    of Georgia and Reverend Jasper Williams, Pastor, Salem Bible Church in

    Atlanta. These two men were inducted into the Legends’ Hall Fame-a

    distinguished group of pioneers who have paved the way for others to follow

    in their respective arenas.

    This year’s Legacy Award is given posthumously to Dr. Hamilton E Holmes,

    Orthopedic Physician. In 1961, Dr. Holmes and Charlayne Hunter-Gault became

    the first black students to enter the University of Georgia where he earned

    academic honors and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree.

    He also became the first African American student at Emory University

    Medical School, graduating with honors in 1967.

    The MOI list of Honorees and Legends boasts black men in metro Atlanta who

    have reached senior level positions, are leading entrepreneurs, have proven

    history-making feats or have displayed significant political or government

    influence. In addition to professional accomplishments, these men have

    demonstrated a commitment to the citizenry of Metro Atlanta by maintaining

    significant involvement and participation in community and civic activities.

    The event also includes door prizes, a silent auction, and the ABL 2011 Men

    of Influence Directory.

    The Atlanta Business League, led by Leona Barr-Davenport, is one of the

    country’s oldest business organizations established in 1933 as an affiliate

    of Booker T. Washington’s National Business League. The organization fosters

    the growth, creation, and development of successful business enterprises

    owned, operated and managed by African-Americans in metropolitan Atlanta.

    For more about the Men of Influence Reception & Induction Ceremony, please

    contact the Atlanta Business League at 404.584.8126 or online at Interviews are available upon request.


    The Atlanta Business League is a 501(c) 6 business organization. The ABL

    serves as an information clearinghouse and referral source for minority

    owned businesses. The Atlanta Business League has continuously served the

    area’s minority business community since 1933. It is an original affiliate

    of the National Negro Business League founded by Booker T. Washington in

    1900 Ms. Leona Barr- Davenport has been the organization’s president for

    fourteen years.

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