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Black Chamber of Commerce picks new chairperson

Internationally known activist Dick Gregory (left) attended the National Black Chamber of Commerce’s (NBCC) “Changing of the Chairs” luncheon on March 4. Gregory poses with Dorothy R. Leavell (center), editor and publisher of the Crusader Newspaper Group (Chicago and Gary, Ind.), who was named incoming chairperson of the NBCC and Harry Alford, president and CEO of the NBCC.

Internationally known activist Dick Gregory (left) attended the National Black Chamber of Commerce’s (NBCC) “Changing of the Chairs” luncheon on March 4. Gregory poses with Dorothy R. Leavell (center), editor and publisher of the Crusader Newspaper Group (Chicago and Gary, Ind.), who was named incoming chairperson of the NBCC and Harry Alford, president and CEO of the NBCC.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — National Black Chamber of Commerce President Harry Alford announced March 4 that Black newspaper publisher and businesswoman Dorothy R. Leavell has been installed as the new chairperson of the nation’s leading minority business organization.  She will preside over the group’s 18-member board of directors and help the trade organization expand its mission of strengthening minority-owned businesses, job creation and increase trade and economic opportunities in the United States and aboard.

“Dorothy has extensive expertise in the areas of marketing, economic development and job creation having been at the helm of a successful business for more than four decades,” Alford said. “Combined with her passion for African American advancement and her commitment to young people, I look forward to working with her as our new chair. This is an exciting time in the Chamber’s history.”

Leavell is publisher and chief executive officer of the Crusader Newspaper Group, which has published weekly newspapers in Chicago and Gary, Ind., since 1940 and 1961, respectively.

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