The HistoryMakers Celebrates The Legacy of BusinessMaker Barry Rand (1944-2018)
Kent Amos
Theodore V. Wells, Jr.
Bernard Kinsey
Wayman Smith
Jo Ann Jenkins
Vernon E. Jordan, Jr.
On Monday November 26, 2018, hundreds gathered at the National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C., to honor the legacy of Barry Rand . Kent Amos , former Xerox executive and lifelong friend of Rand, led the ceremony and celebrated their fifty-four years of friendship.

Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Rand and grew up down the street from Theodore V. Wells, Jr. , partner at the New York law firm Paul Weiss, who recalled, “ Kent and Barry were both great athletes. And they used to treat me like I was the mascot. And I remember when Barry, who had gone to Paul Junior High…won the award for best athlete…And I remember I wanted that award--'cause Barry had gotten the award, and you got your name up on a plaque and everything. I remember I was so happy…'cause Barry Rand had that award, well, I got it, too. [Theodore V. Wells, Jr., THMDA, 1.3.1.] .

Following was an engaging presentation from the Xerox executive who hired Barry. Then, Ken Chenault , former CEO of American Express, talked about Barry's role as a leader and his impact on the corporate community. Bernard Kinsey , who was in attendance, and was part of the Xerox Seven recalled in his interview with The HistoryMakers, Barry's leadership and wisdom, “ It was like Barry Rand had a statement. He used to say, ‘If you're really good at this thing, performance will always keep them away.’ So, each of us in our respective areas were number one. [Bernard Kinsey, THMDA, 1.4.3.] Wayman Smith , the first African American vice president of corporate affairs at Anheuser-Busch, also recalled in his interview, “ Barry became one of the senior people at Xerox. I mean he was working for the chairman of the board who gave him a lot of authority…and then Barry became one of the top executives in the world. He was a top executive at Xerox…he went over to Avis, and became president of Avis and then became a great executive .” [The Honorable Wayman Smith, THMDA, 1.5.8.] .

Jo Ann Jenkins , CEO of AARP, shared stories about his leadership and his mentorship of her. She also gave tribute to Barry's wife, Donna Rand , for taking such great care of him through his illness. Her comments were followed by his father-in-law, Lester Holt, Sr. who spoke of his pride of having Barry as his son-in-law. His two children, Christopher and Allison Rand , both gave moving presentations about their father. He was eulogized by none other than Vernon E. Jordan, Jr . who spoke powerfully, as only Vernon can do, about Barry's significance and importance to Corporate America.

The HistoryMakers celebrates the legacy of Barry Rand , it is truly unfortunate that we did not get the chance to capture his story, but we hope to work with the Rand family to include his history in The HistoryMakers archives.
In October 2018, The Shelby County Criminal Justice Complex, was renamed in honor of prominent Shelby County Commissioner and lawyer, Walter L. Bailey, Jr., the longest serving county commissioner in Shelby County history, sitting on the commission for more than forty years. As a lawyer, Bailey is a civil rights icon, involved in desegregating Memphis schools and representing Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the sanitation strike in 1968. Bailey is most known for the landmark Tennessee vs. Garner case that he took to the Supreme Court and won.

Across the street from the Walter L. Bailey, Jr. Criminal Justice Center , is the Judge D'Army Bailey Courthouse , named for his brother, the late D'Army Bailey , noted civil rights activist and circuit court judge, which was dedicated in his honor in 2015, shortly after he passed away.

This marks an historic achievement for two African American brothers to have two buildings located directly across the street from each other.

Lawyer and county commissioner Walter L. Bailey, Jr. was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 28, 2010.

Judge D'Army Bailey was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 24, 2003.
On November 5, 2018, the Atlanta City Council unanimously adopted the proposal to rename The Interfaith Chapel, located on the third floor of the Atrium in Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King's honor. The chapel will now be known as the,  Dr. Barbara Lewis King Interfaith Chapel.

Dr. Barbara, the founder and president of The Barbara King School of Ministry was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on September 21, 2004.
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