The National PTA is proud to announce that President Otha Thornton and Elbert County Native and candidate for State School Superintendant has been named to EBONY magazine’s Power 100 list of the nation’s most influential African-Americans. Thornton will be featured in the December/January issue of EBONY, which will hit newsstands in early November. Each year EBONY Magazine hosts an annual celebration of Black America’s foremost movers, shakers and leaders. The 2013 Power 100 includes a broad-range of influencers and game-changers across a wide spectrum of industries and areas. The 2013 EBONY Power 100 list includes media mogul Oprah Winfrey, actress Kerry Washington, civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis and Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund.
“The most recognized and respected source for perspective on the African-American community, we are elated that EBONY has chosen to honor our president and the important work of National PTA,” said Eric Hargis, executive director of National PTA. “This prestigious honor underscores President Thornton’s leadership and the difference he and National PTA are making in the lives of our country’s youth through the promotion of educational success, health and well-being, and strong family and community involvement.”
In celebration, the second annual EBONY Power 100 Gala will be Nov. 4 at New York City’s Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall. The event will honor Motown Records founder Berry Gordy with a Lifetime Achievement Award, and recognize the achievements of the 2013 Power 100 List.
Thornton was installed as president of National PTA in June 2013, making history as the first African-American male chosen to head the 4 million member association. Under his leadership, National PTA has collaborated with prestigious organizations including the NFL and AARP. Since taking the helm, Thornton also has launched an awareness campaign to celebrate the achievements of diverse student populations and share resources and advocacy tools to help school communities address the unique needs of every child. In addition to being recognized by EBONY, Thornton recently was featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.