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January 01 2008

HOPE Founder John Hope Bryant Comments on the Passing of Terrell L. Slayton, Jr.

Time like life, is fleeting. It was just a few weeks ago that civil rights icon and former U.N. Ambassador, Andrew Young and I, participated in a mentoring program, with Mr. Slayton, President and Chairman of 100 Black Men of Atlanta, to teach young black male students from B.E.S.T. Academy how to become financially independent. If a man’s life is measured by the light he shone to help others find their way, then Terrell L. Slayton, Jr,’s life was a beacon of hope to all around him.

As a public servant and solider for the good, Terrell L. Slayton, Jr. worked in public service for 30 years, including 10 years as Assistant Secretary of the State of Georgia. In the community, he was actively involved in the United Way of Atlanta, Georgia Legislative Black Caucus Advisory Board, Leadership Atlanta, the Board of Georgia Communities in Schools, The Board of the Morehouse Research Institute and the Minority Advisory Board for the Red Cross. The Alabama native held several other executive-level positions in state government including assistant commissioner in the Georgia Department of Human Resources. He was the first African-American man to serve as deputy commissioner in the Department of Corrections. After retiring he continued to serve his fellow man, starting his own lobbying, public affairs, organizational development and training firm, the Slayton Group. In the community, Slayton was actively involved in the United Way of Atlanta, Georgia Legislative Black Caucus Advisory Board, Leadership Atlanta, the Board of Georgia Communities in Schools Inc., the Board of the Morehouse Research Institute and the Minority Advisory Board for the Red Cross.

On Saturday, October 4, 2008 God ‘promoted’ him to the greater good. Today, when we look into the sky, we see that, the sun shines a little brighter, the moon glows more vividly, and the stars burn more intensely and we know his spirit is still at work.