FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2/16/2017
IN HONOR OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH, THE ALONZO F. AND NORRIS B. HERNDON FOUNDATION
HAS NAMED MILTON LITTLE, PRESIDENT & CEO OF UNITED WAY OF GREATER ATLANTA, AS ITS FIRST RECIPIENT OF THE ALONZO F. HERNDON LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Atlanta, GA – February 16, 2017 – The Alonzo F. and Norris B. Foundation is pleased to announce Milton Little, President & CEO of United Way of Greater Atlanta, is the recipient of the Inaugural Alonzo F. Herndon Lifetime Achievement Award. The official announcement came at a press conference on February 8, 2017 at the historic home of the late Alonzo F. Herndon, an emancipated slave who became Atlanta’s first black millionaire.
Little will receive his award at the Inaugural Game Changer Gala to be held at the Atlanta History Center on October 21, 2017. The Herndon Game Changer Entrepreneurship Program provides a wide array of students from the Metro Atlanta Region a chance to learn entrepreneurship. The program provides high school students, many of them from West and Southwest Atlanta, with intense year-round entrepreneurship instruction. They receive hands-on training through active mentorship from vested business leaders, including CEO’s.
The Herndon Home is a National Historic Landmark and mansion located in Vine City, in sight of the new Mercedes Benz Stadium.
Little commented, “This is one those well kept secrets. You know, it’s hidden away in a part of Atlanta that people don’t visit. And who would know that a house could exist at the time it did, owned by an African American man and built by black craftsmen. The skill, the beauty, this is timeless.”
On receiving the award, Milton said this was a huge honor, “Anytime there is the word lifetime, you better take it seriously. Alonzo Herndon is a special figure in my own personal life. When I was young, my mother taught me black history at our kitchen table. Before I went out to play, I had a chapter that I had to go through in this book that she carried around with her. Alonzo Herndon was one of the chapters, the power of his life and what he was able to do in overcoming tremendous obstacles and amassing fortunes in so many different ways. To be associated with someone with that legacy, with that difference maker in his own personal life and story, it’s something special.”
Herndon Foundation Board Chairman, Roosevelt Giles, told the audience Herndon’s and Little’s accomplishments are so similar, “Both overcame circumstantial hurdles to achieve great things for the wider community…Milton is a social entrepreneur at heart. He was the first African American to run United Way (Of Greater Atlanta)… who better to receive this inaugural award?”
Elijah Fleming, 17 of Conyers, is currently enrolled in the Game Changer Program. He spoke at the news conference and said “It’s going to help me later on in the future because I want to be a commercial pilot and then open my own airline service business.”
- President & CEO of United Way of Greater Atlanta, Milton Little, Jr., speaking about the personal meaning of receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award.
- Herndon Foundation Board Chairman, Roosevelt Giles, President & CEO of United Way of Greater Atlanta, Milton Little, Jr. and student Elijah Fleming chat in front of the bust of the late Alonzo F. Herndon.
- Herndon Foundation Chairman, Roosevelt Giles, President & CEO of United Way of Greater Atlanta, Milton Little, Jr. and student Elijah Fleming pose in front of the bust of the late Alonzo F. Herndon.
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