Talladega College Alum Receives Prestigious Honor

Talladega, Ala. – Talladega College alumnus, Henry L. Coaxum, Jr., will receive the 2014 McDonald's 365Black Award. The Awards honors an owner/operator each year, which is making history within the African-American community. Coaxum was recognized for his strong leadership, and compassionate spirit.

For the past 11 years, the McDonald's 365Black celebrates and recognizes the African American culture, history, and achievements all year long—and helps engage black Americans with culturally relevant programming. Coaxum a McDonald's longtime owner/operator, served as President of the Great Southern Region's Black McDonald's Operators Association. Recently, McDonald's chose Coaxum to attend a National African American History Month celebration at the White House for being an "outstanding ambassador in his community and for his excellence in leadership.

Coaxum has given back to the local community in time, talent, resources, and charity giving. Three of Coaxum' s restaurants were damaged and closed following Hurricane Katrina—but he worked diligently to reopen the first McDonald's on the east bank of New Orleans after the historic storm.

A passionate believer in public service, the power of education, and philanthropy, Coaxum is involved in everything from economic development throughout the city of New Orleans to fundraising for historically black colleges and universities. The owner/operator of seven restaurants, he'll receive his 365Black Award in New Orleans on July 5, along with other "history makers of today and tomorrow" from a range of fields and pursuits.

About Talladega College
The oldest private Historically Black College in Alabama, Talladega College was founded in 1867 by two former slaves, William Savery and Thomas Tarrant. The College has an aggressive tradition of bringing the world to Talladega. Home of the Hale Woodruff Amistad Murals, the murals are on a nationwide tour where it is estimated to be seen by over a half million people and has received rave reviews from the New York