Editor’s note: Thalia Cherry is a board member of STARTLAND, the ecosystem building organization that operates Startland News. This story was produced independently by Startland News’ nonprofit newsroom.
A Kansas City entrepreneur widely known for sports apparel lines honoring the history of the Chiefs and Monarchs is earning acclaim in her own right.
Thalia Cherry secured a top spot among “Community Crusaders” on EBONY magazine’s 2020 EBONY Power 100 List, which recognizes individuals who have had a positive impact on the African-American community.
Click here to see the entire EBONY Power 100, which also includes sports stars like Patrick Mahomes, TV personality Gayle King, pop singer Lizzo, rapper Lil Nas X and a host of business and cultural leaders.
Cherry, CEO and founder of Cherry, a KC-based sports gear company catered to women, was selected for the distinction because of her work in the education field, according to the magazine. Her work to design an entrepreneurial model that impacts high school students is an effort to change teens’ economic trajectory, ultimately increasing the percentage of entrepreneurs of colors in the Kansas City region, which is currently ranked second lowest in the country.
“We are thrilled to be able to recognize those who are making a difference for our people around the world,” said Willard Jackson, EBONY chairman and CEO. “Every name on the list is a leader and have had a positive impact on the African-American community. They shape perceptions, influence culture and galvanize communities. They are game-changers at a time when we need people to get in the game.”
Cherry and Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs MVP honoree, make history as the first two Kansas City personalities to be featured among the EBONY Power 100 — which evolved from the magazine’s “Most Influential Black Americans List,” first launched in 1971.
Click here to read more about one of Cherry’s latest collections, a nod to past Chiefs players.
This story is possible thanks to support from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a private, nonpartisan foundation that works together with communities in education and entrepreneurship to create uncommon solutions and empower people to shape their futures and be successful.