This is from a few weeks ago but I haven't seen it posted here. I am so happy and proud to have been born in this place and time where such a broad spectrum of the diverse American culture is accepted and celebrated. My parents' America was a much different place than the world I live in. I am convinced that my children will see a unified America where race and ethnicity are as insignificant as hair color. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/23/nyregion/23junior.html January 23, 2008 Junior League Appoints Black Woman as President By ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS The New York Junior League announced on Tuesday the appointment of its first black president, characterizing the move as a groundbreaking one for an organization that has tried for years to cultivate a more socially and racially diverse image. The newly elected president, Gena Lovett, the chief operating officer of a Manhattan hedge fund company, will be taking over at a time when the league is struggling with internal allegations of financial mismanagement. The current president, Trisha G. Duval, has threatened to take details of her allegations of mismanagement to the 3,000 women who make up the leagues membership at their annual meeting on Jan. 29. She has accused the leagues board of trying to hide a projected $1 million deficit from the membership. Board members counter that league finances are under control. In public on Tuesday, the league trumpeted Ms. Lovetts credentials as a financial expert and as a historic choice for an organization still trying to shed its image as an exclusive haven for Upper East Side debutantes. But in private, a special committee of the league showed its anger toward Ms. Duval by considering lodging charges of ethical violations against her. Ms. Duval has six months left on her term, but the league customarily chooses a successor in advance to allow for a transitional period. Ms. Lovett is set to replace Ms. Duval on July 1, but the ethical charges, if pursued, could lead to Ms. Duvals ouster before the end of her term, league officials said. The Junior League was founded in 1901 by Mary Harriman, daughter of the financier E. H. Harriman and sister of W. Averell Harriman, the governor of New York. If there has been a silver lining in the current situation, Ms. Lovett noted wryly on Tuesday, it may be that the league has found itself in the public eye for the first time in a long time. This is the most press coverage, even though its not the best, that we have gotten in a long time, she said. As a former debutante herself from Little Rock, Ark., now working as a partner and chief operating officer of Alexandra Investment Management, Ms. Lovett, 44, represents both the traditional and the modern profile of the Junior League volunteer. I would be telling you a tale if I said to you, We dont do lunch, said Ms. Lovett, a member of the league since 1995 and its treasurer from 2003 to 2005. I do lunch, too, and I run a billion-dollar business. A special committee of the league proposed to discipline Ms. Duval for violating the leagues code of ethics by giving an unauthorized interview to The New York Times last week about the leagues financial condition and for disclosing information about a controller accused of stealing $39,000. The controller, who no longer works at the league, negotiated a settlement and a confidentiality agreement with the league, and was not prosecuted, officials said.