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Here's a brief glimpse of our honorees from 2018.



The epitome of grace and business excellence, Bunnie Jackson-Ransom set the standard for excellence in Public Relations, Entertainment, Academia and Entrepreneurship. Since 1975, she sat at the helm of First Class, Inc., a full service public relations and marketing firm. As a result, major corporations, nonprofits, performing artists and educational institutions have undeniably lauded her as one of the absolute best.  

An active member of Cascade United Methodist Church, Ms. Jackson-Ransom is also the author of Getting the Word Out: How to Market Your Ministry, which was published by the Interdenominational Theological Center. In the early 1970's, she served the city of Atlanta as its first Black First Lady during her marriage to the late Mayor Maynard H. Jackson. As such, she accomplished major milestone ventures with the Atlanta arts community.

We are deeply saddened to acknowledge Ms. Bunnie's passing as of February 2023. Learn more about Ms. Bunnie Jackson-Ransom and her amazing legacy at

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