Atlanta’s association with celebrity and style is giving rise to the city having a more prominent presence in the fashion and retail industries.

To meet the growing demand for executives of color in key positions and enhance retailers’ diversity programs, the Black Retail Action Group offers guidance and mentoring to minority high school and college students as well as young professionals of color who are interested in careers in this popular business arena.

Jerrell Barnes of Clark Atlanta University, Cornell England of Morehouse College, Jalisa Jones of Spelman College and Marcus Riggs of Georgia State University, Jamie Williams of Spelman College along with Atlanta natives Ade Lawal of Columbia University and Jackson Willis of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University graduated from BRAG’s 2013 summer internship program.
BRAG is a highly respected non-profit organization that prepares and educates professionals, entrepreneurs and students of color for executive leadership in the retail, fashion and related industries.

The seven fashion conscious and business savvy students completed their internships with retail giants Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s and will now join a roster of BRAG graduates making their mark with similarly prestigious companies. Former BRAG intern Alain Lafontant is the current vice president of Brand Development for Sean John. In 2013 BRAG placed 22 students from 9 universities.

The scholarship and internship programs are essential components of the BRAG platform. Since 1975, over 1,100 interns have participated in the BRAG program.

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