• Kenneth Crooks, Jr.
    Executive Director Emeritus

  • As times change, what previously was a ‘dialogue about race’ has evolved into a holistic approach to diversity in our community and beyond.

    One Columbus, has also evolved, strengthening its core mission: striving to inspire, motivate, promote diversity, and ensure that each member of the community is respected and valued. Recognizing and appreciating diversity is an obligation to which each of us must be committed. If we accept and act on this challenge, then Columbus will truly become a ‘One Columbus’.

4th Annual One Columbus Recognition Dinner

The Fourth Annual One Columbus Recognition Dinner is scheduled for Thursday, January 24, 2008, which will be a celebratory end to a week of events that start with Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday.

This year’s dinner will feature Morris Dees, Jr., founder and Chief Trial Counsel for the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama. He achieved extraordinary business and financial success with his book publishing company, but sold his business to found the Center to become actively involved in civil right law. Dees, the son of an Alabama farmer, witnessed the painful consequences of prejudice and racial injustice and dedicated his life to the crucial work of fighting for civil rights and promoting tolerance.

The flagship event for One Columbus, the dinner will also honor one of the Columbus’ leading citizens for his work in promoting diversity – Aflac’s Dan Amos.

Dan Amos, chairman and chief executive officer of Aflac joined the company in 1973 and worked in the sales area for 10 years. He was named president of Aflac in 1983, chief operating officer in 1987, chief executive officer of Aflac Incorporated in 1990, and chairman in 2001.

Mr. Amos has received the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Award and the Anti-Defamation League’s Torch of Liberty Award. He has also been recognized by Institutional Investor magazine as one of the top CEOs in the country, and was named by CNN as a CEO of the Week.