Jesse Hill Jr.

The first black president of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and the first black member of the university system's Board of Regents, Jesse Hill Jr. never held public office, but he counseled nearly everyone who served in high positions in Georgia, from Jimmy Carter to city councilmen - making Hill, at times, a sort-of one-man shadow government. Read the news obituary.

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Dec. 17, 2012