Our subjects for this leader spotlight have not only maintained their family’s legacies, but are expanding them by adding their distinctive voices to the black leadership movement for the new set of challenges that we face. Over the next three weeks Black Voices will introduce you to each of them and find out their thoughts about key issues that impact the African American community. We kicked off the series with, Andrea Young, the daughter of the civil rights activist Andrew Young, who spoke about carrying on her father's legacy. For week two, we introduce you to Mrs. Brooke Jackson Edmond.
An astute businesswoman and philanthropist, Brooke Jackson Edmond is extremely active in maintaining her family’s legacy in Atlanta. As the Chief Executive Officer of the Maynard Jackson Youth Foundation (MJYF), she is committed to providing high school students with the foundation for a lifetime of ethical leadership and community service. She is also a board member of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau and the High Museum of Art and is an active Jack and Jill mother.
As a businesswoman, Brooke is one of three principal partners of Jackmont Hospitality, Inc., which operates 18 restaurants along the eastern seaboard and southeast. A Spelman College graduate, Brooke has enjoyed the benefit of valuable advice from her father, the late Atlanta Mayor Maynard H. Jackson, who taught her to "always fully participate…be honest in every situation… lead with authenticity and integrity…do the right thing." Through the wisdom he instilled, she has adapted her own trusted formula for success – believing it is best to work hard and keep quiet until you have something to say.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story stated that Andrew Young, the former ambassador to the United Nations, was deceased. He is not.