50 standout as ‘good news’ for Black men

The news is full of bad information about Black men. Every time you turn around there is a new statistic that points out just how bad things are for Black men. You would think that it is all bad news. But it isn’t.

The news is full of bad information about Black men. Every time you turn around, there is a new statistic that points out just how bad things are for Black men. You would think that it is all bad news.

But it isn’t. There is good news about Black men, and next week the Chicago Defender will devote an entire section of the newspaper to that good news. It is our annual Men of Excellence issue, where we salute 50 Black men in Chicago who are defying all of the bad news, who are overcoming all of the desultory statistics. We salute these 50 men, who come from all walks of life, who define excellence in their work and their commitment to their communities.

To be sure, these are not the only 50 excellent men in Chicago. We limited this list to 50, and we’re looking forward to presenting them to you in the Chicago Defender and introducing them to each other during our celebration Jan. 15 at the Hotel Allegro.

Shield Bearer Award: Honorable Bobby Rush Congressman State of Illinois

Rest of awardees:

Ron Allen Chairman, NAAIA Board of Directors National African American Insurance Association

Morris Smith Coca-Cola Company

LaRue Martin Jr. Community Service Manager UPS, Metro Chicago District

Troy A. Mooyoung VP, District Sales Manager Morgan Stanley

Carl W. Latimer President The Coalition for United Community Action

Ken Bedford Photographer WLS-TV

Dr. Paul Freeman Founder and Music Director Chicago Sinfonietta

Dr. Warrick L. Carter President Columbia College

David Day Regional Credit Manager Macy’s East

Dr. Willie Wilson Founder and CEO Willie Wilson Productions

Walter Grady President Seaway Bank

Arthur Reliford Principal Hales Franciscan

Robert Beck CEO/President Israel’s Clean Meat House

William Bonaparte’ Electrical Engineer

Michael Sutton Civil Engineer

John M. Clark, Jr. President/CEO Reggio’s Pizza, Inc.

Gary E. McCullough President/CEO Career Education Corporation

Roger Peden Director of Employer Services Jobs for Youth

Anthony Spivey Principal Corliss High School

Willie Hisey Pierson Agency Multicultural Director MetLife West

Michael Platt President/CEO Risk Management Resources

Eugene Morris President E. Morris Communications, Inc.

Sam Smith Founder Perry Mansion Cultural Center

Joseph Caldwell President Tail-O-Rite Complete Clothing Care, Inc.

Gene Linton Mr. G’s Banquets

Julian Brown Director of Community Relations Nicor Gas

Ken Smikle Publisher Target Market News

Faheem Majeed Executive Director/Curator South Side Community Art Center

Herb Kent Radio Personality WVAZ-FM/102.7

Dr. Paul Jones Mercy Hospital

Lyle Logan Executive Vice President Northern Trust Bank

Michael Fountain Sr. Director Government Relations Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority

Warner Saunders Anchor NBC 5

Bill Williams Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau

Judge William Hooks

Jerry Butler Commissioner 3rd District Cook County

Alvin Boutte, Jr. Managing Director Grigsby & Associates, Inc.

Gyata M.J. Kimmons Director Community Relations 2016 Olympic Committee

Leon I. Walker, Esq. Managing Partner DL3 Realty, L.P.

Byron Garrett CEO National PTA

Wallace “Gator” Bradley Urban Translator/Political Consultant United In Peace, Inc.

Quintin E. Primo III Chairman and CEO Capri Capital Partners

Hansel Whitehurst General Manager Jenkins Construction

Wilbur C. Milhouse, III Milhouse Engineering & Construction

Rodney Wells Technical Operations Manager Comcast Cable

John Kendall, Esq. Calvin Butler Com Ed

Darryl Roberts Filmmaker

Chef Cliff Rome Romes Joy Catering Parkway Ballroom

______ To see the photo gallery from this event, click here.

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