Magazine article Ebony

100+ Most Influential Black Americans and Organization Leaders: Government, Entertainment and Association Leaders Top 1997 List

Magazine article Ebony

100+ Most Influential Black Americans and Organization Leaders: Government, Entertainment and Association Leaders Top 1997 List

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An entertainment mogul, a major association president and three major officials of the Clinton administration are among the persons added to the new and surprising list of EBONY'S 100+ Most Influential Black Americans.

Listed for the first time are producer-director Quincy Jones and Margaret Dixon, president of the American Association of Retired Persons. The Clinton administration officials are Secretary of Transportation Rodney Slater; Alexis Herman, a major player in the Clinton White House who was nominated for secretary of labor; and Franklin Raines, director of the Office of management and Budget.

Several people already on the list moved up, including Kenneth I. Chenault, who is now president, chief operating officer and vice chairman of American Express and is in line to become one of the first African-Americans to head a Fortune 500 company.

The list also includes several newly elected congresspersons. Representative Julia Carson of Indiana, Illinois' Danny Davis, Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick of Michigan, California's Juanita Millender-McDonald, Elijah Cummings of Maryland and Delegate Donna Christian-Green of the Virgin Islands are listed for the first time.

The accent on the new generation of leaders, which started last year with Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., continues this year with the addition of Harold Ford Jr., who succeeded his father, retired Congressman Harold Ford Sr., and Dexter King, president and CEO of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Inc. …

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