B.E. 40th ANNIVERSARY COVER GALLERY

nd-1977-JANUARY

.BLACK ENTERPRISE has always educated readers about the relationship between business and politics. In January 1977, we profiled Andrew Young, the civil rights activist who became a proponent of “New South” coalition politics after the strategy helped him become the first African American elected to Congress from the Deep South since Reconstruction.  After playing a pivotal role in the 1976 election of President Jimmy Carter, he was portrayed in the media “as one of the nation’s most powerful African Americans” and viewed as the insider who could collect the “political debt” of employment and business opportunities Carter owed black voters. Young would serve a controversy-filled term as Carter’s United Nations Ambassador before becoming Mayor of Atlanta.

.BLACK ENTERPRISE has always educated readers about the relationship between business and politics. In January…