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Leon Sullivan

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Leon Sullivan: Leon Howard Sullivan was a Baptist minister, a civil rights leader and social activist focusing on the creation of job training opportunities for African Americans, a longtime General Motors Board Member, and an anti-Apartheid activist. Sullivan died on April 24, 2001, of leukemia at a Scottsdale, Arizona, hospital. He was 78.

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Google previewEncyclopedia of African American Business (2006)

by Jessie Carney Smith

Minister, Civil Rights Activist The Reverend Leon Sullivan was a Baptist minister and civil rights activist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the first African American member of the board of directors of General Motors (GM), appointed in 1971. Sullivan is most famous for developing the "Sullivan Principles" in 1977 in response to the racist apartheid system in South Africa. Companies that signed on to the principles agreed to integrate ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of United States-Africa Relations (2009)

by Robert Anthony Waters Jr.

Code of corporate conduct for doing business in South Africa that was created by the Reverend Leon Sullivan, a member of General Motors' (GM) board of directors, which GM adopted in 1977. The Sullivan Principles required GM to treat all South African employees equally and in an integrated environment. GM made adoption of the Sullivan Principles a requirement for businesses that sought to work with GM. The U.S. government endorsed the principles and President Ronald W.

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