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Larry Nelson is the first Black senior vice president and associate general counsel of development for Wendy's International, Inc.

Willie Adams is the first Black Mayor of Albany, Ga.

Clark W. Johnson is the first Black president of the Society for the Advancement of Material and Processing Engineering.

Kamala D. Harris is the first African-American and first woman elected to serve as district attorney in San Francisco

Yvette Jarvis is the first Black non-Greeks to win public office. She is the first Black American elected to office in a country that has historically been  ethnically and racially  homogenous and is struggling to assimilate thousands of foreign newcomer.  She gained citizenship after marrying a Greek.  She emigrated to Greece in 1982 from Boston.

Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr. was elected chief justice of Virginia's Supreme Court. He  graduated from the University of Virginia with honors in 1977 and earned his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 1980.

Jonathan Mariner is the first Black senior vice president and chief financial officer of the Major League Baseball.  He received a bachelor of science degree in accounting from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Teresa Lawrence Phillips is the first woman to coach a Division I men's basketball game in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Phillips graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics and business education, and she has a master's degree in administration and supervision from Tennessee State.  The award- winning coach was named Ohio Valley Conference Co-Coach of the year in 1990 and Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year in 1993 and 1994.

William Lamar Jr. is the first African-American senior vice president, chief marketing officer - U. S. in charge of marketing for McDonald's 13,000 U.S. restaurants.  Lamar earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a master's degree in marketing from Northwestern University's J. L. Kellogg School of Management.

Michele S. Jones is the first female command sergeant major of the U.S. Army Reserve. Jones graduated cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Fayetteville State University.

Julia J. Cleckley is the first Black female to earn the rank of brigadier general in the Army National Guard Active Guard Reserve program. She was the first Black female promoted to the rank of colonel in the Army National Guard, Active Guard Reserve program.  She was also the first Black woman branch chief, the first female division chief and the first black woman to serve on the Army National Guard director's special staff as chief of human resources.  Cleckley received a bachelor's degree from Hunter College and a master's degree from Golden Gate University.

Angela Monson, who became the first Black female president of the National Conference of State Legislatures last July, is assistant majority leader of the Oklahoma state senate.  Monson received a bachelor's degree in corrections from Oklahoma City University and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Oklahoma.

Johnnetta B. Cole, president of historic Bennett College in Greensboro, N.C., is the  first Black chairwoman of the Board of Trustees of United Way of America.  Dr. Cole was the first Black female president of Spelman College and served as a professor at Emory University.  She was board chair of United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta and also the first woman elected to the Coca-Cola Enterprises board. President Cole graduated with a bachelors' degree in sociology from Oberlin College and received a master's degree and a PH. D. in anthropology from Northwestern University.



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