Welcome to The Courier/Eco Latino newspaper’s Annual Guide to the 60 Most Influential Blacks of Columbus & Phenix City. To create our roster our editorial board drew from a variety of sources. From politicians to ministers, entrepreneurs to officers, on the following pages we have provided our list of Black men, women and or organizations whom we feel, according to the definition of “influence” in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, “have the power or capacity in indirect or intangible ways to have an effect on the condition or development of the people of our community”. Our list this year includes many familiar names and some new faces. Individuals on the list – some who are very much in the public eye and some who choose to work behind the scenes – are selected for the power and influence they wield.