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As the conversation on race relations in America continues to evolve, our nation’s thought leaders are beginning to step forward to offer their much-­needed input into an age-­old discussion. One such leader is Mark Holden, who serves as general council for Koch Industries. The accomplished attorney took some time out of his schedule to sit down with rolling out to discuss race and prison reform in America.

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  As the fight for prison reform in America continues to gain momentum, Dr. Benjamin F Chavis Jr. has successfully stepped to the forefront to be a leading voice in the discussion. As the president of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, Chavis has a bird’s ­eye view of where this issue falls within the consciousness…

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Thomas Dortch Jr. is one of the most well-respected and successful African American entrepreneurs in Atlanta and the nation — and probably the only one who describes himself as a “day laborer.” “I get up every day and go to work,” says the Toccoa, Georgia, native, who acquired an appreciation for learning, developed a connection to…

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Winston Burns’ business is knowing what air travelers want. In 1997, after working for more than a decade in the banking, finance and entertainment industries, Burns started Newburns Management Group, which he co-owns and manages with Wendy, his wife of 20 years and the company’s chief operating officer. Newburns owns and operates seven stores inside…

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Charles Steele Jr. is president and CEO of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which was co-founded by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, he served eight years on the City Council and 2 ½ terms in the Alabama state Senate before leaving to helm SCLC from 2004 to 2009.…

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