Inquirer Friend and Activist Henrietta Antoinin Honored by State of Georgia with Proclamation
Atlanta’s Ms. Henrietta Antoinin was recognized by the community for her service and activism on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at Friendship Baptist Church on Walnut Street in southwest Atlanta, Georgia. Friends, family and political leaders gathered and applauded as Georgia Representative Donna McLeod (Georgia’s 105th District) presented a proclamation to Antoinin from the State of Georgia.
Henrietta Antoinin is the retired vice president of corporate affairs of the Atlanta Life Insurance Company. She was the face of the Atlanta Life Insurance Company (Atlanta Life Financial Group) for many years. As a member of their senior management team, she directed the image of Atlanta Life, the nation’s largest African-American stock-owned life insurance company.
Antoinin coordinated Atlanta Life’s impressive art competition and exhibition. Because Black artists were locked out of many museums and national art competitions, she spearheaded this nationally renowned contest that gave Black artists a stage to exhibit their art and a cash prize for their work.
She served as a trustee of the Gate City Day Nursery Foundation and on the board of directors of the American Association of Insurance Professionals.
Antoinin also began her activism early, and in 1962, implemented an Atlanta city-wide voter registration program that registered more than 100,000 African-Americans – before the Voter Education Project. This effort was instrumental in having Maynard Jackson elected as mayor of the city of Atlanta.
She served on the executive committee of the Atlanta Branch of the NAACP for many years. Antoinin is also a member of the Georgia Coalition of Black Women and is on the board of the Atlanta Rainbow PUSH Coalition Wall Street Project.
Antoinin was appointed by then-Georgia Governor Roy Barnes as Commissioner for the Martin Luther King, Jr. State Holiday. She was the Vice Chair of the Democratic Party Coordinating Committee. The Butler Street YMCA benefited from Antoinin’s service on its board for many years. She was also the founding president of the Atlanta Political Congress for Black Women where Shirley Chisholm was the national chair.
Dollars and Sense Magazine named her one of America’s Top 100 Black Business and Professional Women. Ebony Magazine named her one of the 100 Most Promising Black Corporate Women. The Atlanta Business League (ABL) named her to its Hall of Fame and has consistently listed her as one of Atlanta’s Women of Influence.
Active in the Atlanta political scene, Antoinin is usually sought after for her advice and support by Georgia governors, Atlanta mayors and other political offices.
Antoinin is a long-time and beloved friend of The Atlanta Inquirer newspaper family and has served on its advisory board in the past.
About Georgia State Representative Ms. Donna McLeod (Dem.)
Born in Jamaica, Donna McLeod migrated to Canada in 1977, where she grew up. She moved to Georgia in 1998 and became a citizen of the United States in 2012. She is a Democratic member of the Georgia House of Representatives, representing District 105, part of Gwinnett County. She assumed office in 2019, and her current term ends on January 8, 2023.
McLeod (Democratic Party) ran for re-election to the Georgia House of Representatives to represent District 105. She won in the general election on November 3, 2020.
A chemical engineer and quality engineer, by trade, McLeod works with a quality assurance consulting firm specializing in medical devices.
Currently, she serves on the Georgia House’s Code Revision Committee, Human Relations and Aging Committee, House Interstate Cooperation Committee, and House Science and Technology Committee.
McLeod is also co-founder of C.A.N.I., Inc., (Community Action Network Initiatives) a non-profit organization that helps educate and inform people of their civic and societal rights and responsibilities.
Last updated on July 1, 2021