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Celebrating Trailblazers: Black Construction Pioneers Transforming the Industry

CHERYL MCKISSACK DANIEL

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In a world where systemic racism has long plagued the opportunities available to Black professionals, the construction industry stands as a testament to the resilience and determination of those who have defied the odds. The Black Contractors Association of Alabama (BCA-AC) is proud to celebrate the cultural contributions and achievements of Black construction contractors who have shattered barriers and left an indelible mark on the commercial construction sector.

At the forefront of this inspirational journey stands McKissack & McKissack, the oldest African-American-owned and female-run construction company in the nation. Led by the visionary Cheryl McKissack Daniel, this pioneering firm has carried on a legacy of excellence that dates back to its founding by brothers Moses and Calvin McKissack in 1905.

Despite facing systemic racism, discrimination, and the cutthroat competition of a male-dominated industry, McKissack & McKissack has consistently proven its mettle. From the New Terminal One at JFK International Airport to the iconic World Trade Center in New York City, their commitment to quality and innovation has set them apart, leaving a lasting impact on the built environment.

Cheryl McKissack Daniel’s leadership and vision have been instrumental in the company’s continued success, as she has overseen transformative projects in downtown Brooklyn and spearheaded the revitalization of Long Island’s railroad hub. Her achievements as a Black woman in a predominantly male field are a testament to the power of perseverance and a source of inspiration for women of color aspiring to make their mark in the construction industry.

As the BCA-AC celebrates the cultural contributions of Black construction contractors, we recognize the importance of uplifting and honoring these trailblazers. Their stories serve as beacons of hope, inspiring future generations to pursue their dreams and become a part of this influential sector.

The journey towards a more inclusive and diverse construction industry is ongoing, and the BCA-AC remains committed to showcasing the success stories of Black-owned firms and the impact they have had on shaping our cities and communities. By celebrating these pioneers, we not only honor their resilience and innovation but also pave the way for more African Americans to join the ranks and contribute to the built environment of our nation.

As we move forward, the BCA-AC invites you to join us in celebrating the achievements of Black construction contractors like McKissack & McKissack. Together, we can foster an environment of inclusivity, where merit and talent are celebrated, and the contributions of all are recognized and valued.

Title: Celebrating Trailblazers: Black Construction Pioneers Transforming the Industry

In a world where systemic racism has long plagued the opportunities available to Black professionals, the construction industry stands as a testament to the resilience and determination of those who have defied the odds. The Black Contractors Association of Alabama (BCA-AC) is proud to celebrate the cultural contributions and achievements of Black construction contractors who have shattered barriers and left an indelible mark on the commercial construction sector.

At the forefront of this inspirational journey stands McKissack & McKissack, the oldest African-American-owned and female-run construction company in the nation. Led by the visionary Cheryl McKissack Daniel, this pioneering firm has carried on a legacy of excellence that dates back to its founding by brothers Moses and Calvin McKissack in 1905.

Despite facing systemic racism, discrimination, and the cutthroat competition of a male-dominated industry, McKissack & McKissack has consistently proven its mettle. From the New Terminal One at JFK International Airport to the iconic World Trade Center in New York City, their commitment to quality and innovation has set them apart, leaving a lasting impact on the built environment.

Cheryl McKissack Daniel’s leadership and vision have been instrumental in the company’s continued success, as she has overseen transformative projects in downtown Brooklyn and spearheaded the revitalization of Long Island’s railroad hub. Her achievements as a Black woman in a predominantly male field are a testament to the power of perseverance and a source of inspiration for women of color aspiring to make their mark in the construction industry.

As the BCA-AC celebrates the cultural contributions of Black construction contractors, we recognize the importance of uplifting and honoring these trailblazers. Their stories serve as beacons of hope, inspiring future generations to pursue their dreams and become a part of this influential sector.

The journey towards a more inclusive and diverse construction industry is ongoing, and the BCA-AC remains committed to showcasing the success stories of Black-owned firms and the impact they have had on shaping our cities and communities. By celebrating these pioneers, we not only honor their resilience and innovation but also pave the way for more African Americans to join the ranks and contribute to the built environment of our nation.

As we move forward, the BCA-AC invites you to join us in celebrating the achievements of Black construction contractors like McKissack & McKissack. Together, we can foster an environment of inclusivity, where merit and talent are celebrated, and the contributions of all are recognized and valued.

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