September 22, 2019 Perspective

Steps and Leaps

George W. Jordan III

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I grew up in Atlanta as the only child of an aerospace engineer (dad) and certified public accountant (mom), the first in their generation to attend college. My parents encouraged me to pursue excellence, no matter the challenge. As an African American dreaming of my own future accomplishments, an early role model was Maynard Jackson, Atlanta’s first African American mayor, an important milestone in the South.

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