Atlanta Tribune: The Magazine Inducted Civil Rights, Corporate & Community Icons into Its Hall of Fame


[ATLANTA] Atlanta Tribune: The Magazine, joined by a renowned host committee including Georgia-Pacific Foundation president Curley Dossman Jr., Fulton County Commission board chairman John Eaves, and emcee Silas “Si-Man” Alexander, inducted a cadre of Community and Corporate Icons into its Hall of Fame (HOF), Thursday, November 10, 2016, at the 755 Club at Turner Field.

“Over the course of decades, our HOF inductees have each taken bold steps to leave a lasting imprint in their spheres of influence,” said Pat Lottier, publisher, Atlanta Tribune: The Magazine of the honorees. “We are honored to share their stories and to insert their narratives into the city’s history.

Alongside a special recognition to the Georgia Lottery for its more than $17 billion in contributions to education in Georgia, Atlanta Tribune inducted Tommy W. Dortch Jr., chairman and CEO of TWD Inc., and chairman emeritus of 100 Black Men of America; and Hank and Yvonne Thomas who have been marriage and business partners for more than 30 years.

A moving tribute was paid to Dr. Alvetta Peterman Thomas, who, after a 19-year tenure at Atlanta Technical College has taken on the role as president of Southern Crescent Technical College.

Atlanta Tribune also proudly recognized Georgia State University students Camilla Mhute and Adesuwa Imafadon, recipients of the 2016-2017 Social Media Internship, powered by IBM.

Atlanta Tribune’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was proudly supported by the Georgia-Pacific Foundation. Other sponsors included Georgia Power, The Atlanta Braves, Georgia LotteryHartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International AirportUPS, and Publix Super Markets.

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Atlanta Tribune: The Magazine Inducts “Community Heroes of Education, Civil Rights & Business” Into Its Hall of Fame

The Georgia-Pacific Foundation’s Curley Dossman serving as honorary chair of the
18th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, November 10, 2016


ATLANTA  – Atlanta Tribune: The Magazine will induct Community Heroes of Education, Civil Rights and Business into its Hall of Fame (HOF), Thursday, November 10, 2016, at the 755 Club at Turner Field. The event will begin at 7 p.m. and the attire is business.

“Each year, our HOF inductees are individuals and esteemed organizations that have left a lasting imprint not only on communities in Atlanta, but the world,” says Ms. Pat Lottier, publisher, Atlanta Tribune: The Magazine. “We are honored to share their stories and to insert their narratives into the city’s history.”

18th Annual Hall of Fame Honorees:

BUSINESS | Tommy W. Dortch Jr., chairman and CEO of TWD Inc., and chairman emeritus of 100 Black Men of America, has worked diligently to dismantle systemic barriers to empowerment. Under his guidance, 100 Black Men of America expanded to include 102 chapters globally with the mission of “100” — to improve the quality of life, and enhance the educational and economic opportunities for African Americans.

CIVIL RIGHTS | Hank and Yvonne Thomas have been marriage and business partners for more than 30 years. Hank served as an American civil rights activist and one of the original 13 Freedom Riders, men and women who bravely boarded the first Greyhound bus that traveled the South in 1961 to protest segregation, while Yvonne was a fixture in the commercial banking management industry. Together, they ventured into hotel ownership and franchising, owning Dairy Queen and Burger King franchises before transitioning to McDonald’s, where they remained franchise owners of nine restaurants for 31 years.

SPECIAL RECOGNITION: EDUCATION | As one of the most successful education initiatives in Georgia history, the Georgia Lottery-funded HOPE (Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally) Scholarship Program currently provides Georgia students with financial assistance for attendance at eligible Georgia colleges, universities, or technical colleges. To date, it has supported students with more than $17 billion to the State of Georgia for Educational Programs since June of 1993.

The Tribune will also proudly recognize the two student recipients the 2016 Social Media Internship, powered by IBM.

Atlanta Tribune’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is supported by the Georgia-Pacific Foundation and honorary chair Curley M. Dossman Jr. Other sponsors include Delta Airlines, Georgia Power/Southern Company, Atlanta Braves, UPS, Georgia Lottery, Publix Super Markets and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Proceeds of this event will benefit the George A. Lottier Scholarship Foundation, which provides scholarships and internships for deserving college students.

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cdossmanAbout the Honorary Chair: Curley M. Dossman Jr. is president of the Georgia-Pacific Foundation and vice president of Community Affairs at Georgia-Pacific. He oversees all the company’s community-based programs nationwide and the foundation’s philanthropic giving. In his dual roles, he works closely with Chief Executive Officer Jim Hannan, other company executives, and civic leaders in Atlanta and across the country.Curley received a bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College in 1973 and a law degree from Washington University School of Law in 1976. Since that time, he has assumed positions of increasing responsibility in the government and public affairs arena. Just prior to joining GP in late 1994, he was state vice president, government affairs for AT&T, where he was responsible for representing that corporation’s interests in the legislative, regulatory and industry relations areas. A native of Louisiana, Curley served for several years as legislative assistant and special assistant for U.S. Senator Russell B. Long (Louisiana).


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