The 25 Most Influential Black American Leaders of All Time (25-17)
Even as an African-American sits in the most powerful position in our nation, there are those who ask if African-American leadership is in crisis. Slavery and Jim Crow were easy targets. Who couldn’t set their mind on freedom? The drama swirled around the method, not the result. There was no pretense of freedom packed with landmines hiding under the age-old labels of racial, gender and economic oppression, to name a few. Still, if great leadership comes with no statute of limitations, what cues should we take from theGrio’s black leaders survey to alleviate our current crisis?