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2017 Trailblazers

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    President Barack Obama

    What stands out among President Obama’s myriad accomplishments is the grace, poise and leadership he showed, and fulfilled his campaign promise to be a “President to all Americans.” 
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    Antonio Knox

    Antonio Knox is the 40th Grand Basileus of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and has served on various committees and held many offices.
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    Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond

    Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond is the eighth president of Central State University (CSU) and the first female president in the University’s 129-year history.
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    Dr. Janice K Jackson

    Dr. Janice K. Jackson was named Chief Education Officer for Chicago Public Schools in July 2015. She is responsible for leading the entire academic arm of CPS, encompassing 660 schools in 13 Networks. 
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    Dwyane Wade

    Dwyane Wade Just three seasons into his NBA career, the renowned shooting guard led his team to the city’s first ever NBA Championship in 2006.
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    Glenda F. Newell-Harris, M.D.

    Glenda F. Newell-Harris, M.D. is a board-certified physician in internal medicine, and speaker for youth groups and organizations that mentor pre-med and medical students.
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    Harriet Tubman

    Born a slave on Maryland’s eastern shore, Harriet Tubman became famous as a “conductor” on the Underground Railroad during the turbulent 1850s.
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    Herb Kent

    Herb Kent was an urban radio pioneer and one of the most important figures in Chicago radio history. Kent’s on-air presence and community involvement opened up many doors for African-Americans. 
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    Holly Robinson Peete

    Holly Robinson Peete is an actress, author, talk show host, activist and philanthropist. In 1997, Robinson Peete and her husband formed the HollyRod Foundation.
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    Issa Rae

    Issa Rae is a rapidly ascending actress, writer, director, producer and originator of the YouTube web series, “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl.”
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    Kevin B. Brookins

    Kevin B. Brookins’ has an extraordinarily long list of accomplishments with ComEd.
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    Louis Carr,

    President of Media Sales at BET Networks, Louis Carr is one of the most influential African-Americans in the media and marketing industries.
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    Niecy Nash

    Niecy Nash is a multi-talented Primetime Emmy nominee and Emmy-Award winning producer whose television credits are a testament to her talent.
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    Ta’Rhonda Jones

    Ta’Rhonda Jones is an actress, recording artist & fashion designer. Her passion for music developed at a young age, blossoming into a rap career under the moniker Lady Heroine. 
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