More than a celebration of the extraordinary lives of 40 black men and women, TNJs Annual 40-Under-Forty Achievement Awards is public testimony to the black communitys safeguarding of its young. We take note and make a loud noise when our youth are good, just as we take note and make a loud noise when our youth are bad. This years list of honorees boasts 22 men and 18 women, ranging in age from 24 to 39. They represent the cream of individuals in a wide swath of public and private sector professions and entrepreneurial endeavors. As usual, we were besieged with nominations, not to mention the number of inquiries and pleas for consideration that came in well after the submission deadline, which, of course, we could not entertain. The number of entries has grown exponentially since the first 40-Under-Forty Awards six years ago, and the achievements of the entrants have become even more jaw dropping. It is almost presumptuous to choose winners, for clearly there are no losers among these candidates. We salute them all those who made the 40 list and those who did not.
Profiles by Linda Armstrong, Ines Bebea, Carmen Brown, Terri Guess, Bevolyn William-Harold, Mary Massey and Wiley M. Woodard.