The Myth of the Black Executive

Affirmative action collides with reality on the way to the top

Ever since affirmative-action programs were first launched in the 1960s, the absence of significant numbers of blacks in managerial ranks has been a source of frustration and embarrassment to U.S. business. Many companies make strenuous efforts to recruit, hire and nurture black men and women. So too have blacks striven to meet the demands and pressures of corporate life. Yet there is a growing debate over how well business has done its job, how well blacks are doing their jobs, and how many...

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