| 06/2/2011 12:17 PM
(Atlanta, GA)- The Honorable Kasim Reed, Mayor of Atlanta in partnership with Velvet Suite Marketing and Black Enterprise Magazine honored nine "Powerprenuers in its Inaugural "Powerprenuer" Series last month. Among the honorees was J.R. Henderson, '00.
The panel of honorees, which included Disturbing the Peace's Chaka Zulu, Atlanta businessman Christian Ruffin, Atlanta recording artist Kandi Burruss and fashion designer Mychael Knight, were acknowledged by Black Enterprise Magazine, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed's Office and The Velvet Suite Marketing at its Inaugural Atlanta's "Powerprenuer" Spotlight Series.
This series, created by Melissa Johnson CEO of The Velvet Suite Marketing pays homage to people whom impact areas of business pertinent to the growth of Atlanta's metropolitan area. Henderson was recognized as founder of The National Lighthouse Foundation, which is a 501c3 organization that exists as a structure to provide a continuous and intermittent path for our nations youth. The Foundation serves as a catalyst to provoke significant change in achieving the hopes and dreams of America's youth.
Henderson, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, has spent over 10 years helping students achieve their goals. He is committed to promoting professionalism and ensuring continual success in the lives of today’s youth. He has worked with of youth in several capacities. Henderson has served as a motivational speaker for many organizations, which include the Department of Family and Children Services, Georgia CASA Senator Connie Stoked College for Kids Program, Georgia Independent Living Program, and more. Henderson has traveled to Haiti and South Africa inspiring thousands. He currently serves as chairman of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunity Board for Metro-Atlanta.
"It's also always humbling to be recognized for what you do," Henderson said. "I always keep the challenges of the young people of the national urban community in the forefront of my mind and I know my work is far from done".
The National Lighthouse Foundation can be found at local public schools, in the communities or hosting specialty events that consistently raise awareness of the lack of fundamental needs still ravaging communities of the greater Atlanta and the continental U.S.
For more information contact the Office of Communications and Marketing.
Photo caption: J.R. Henderson and Kasim Reed, Mayor of Atlanta, Ga.