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McDonald’s Honors Exemplary Leaders at 365Black Awards



McDonald’s honored several notable African Americans for inspiring and stimulating change in the nation at the 2009 365Black Awards July 3 in New Orleans.


Among the honorees were Black Enterprise publisher Earl G. Graves Sr.; CNN journalist Soledad O’Brien; NBA veteran and philanthropist Alonzo Mourning; House Majority Whip and Congressman James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.); and McDonald’s owner and operator, Frank E. Mason.

“This year’s McDonald’s 365Black Awards recipients are revolutionizing what it means to be a leader in America. They are accomplished people of tremendous influence, committed to community service, and they have a vision that transcends this current generation,” said Neil Golden, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at McDonald’s USA. “They inspire all of us with their leadership in areas that touch our lives.”

Celebrities and dignitaries from across the country joined event’s host Tom Joyner, nationally syndicated radio personality and one of the first recipients of the 365Black Award, to recognize the accomplishments of the honorees.

The 365Black Awards were launched in 2002 and are part of McDonald’s 365Black initiative, created to celebrate the pride, heritage, and achievements of African Americans. McDonald’s outreach under the 365Black platform includes its Website, as well as partnerships with organizations that provide opportunities for African Americans’ success.

–Janell Hazelwood

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