Historic Accomplishments


Bernardo Ruiz and Superintendent Jose Banda (Seattle Public Schools) with Breakfast Group Members; Darryl Russel, Dr. Jim Smith, Amani Harris, Ernie Dunston, and Paul Mitchell at the WASA Regional Leadership Award Ceremony (2014)





  • The Seattle Chamber of Commerce established The Herman McKinney Economic Empowerment Forum in honor of our co-founder in May of 2014 in order to: address various issues that impact the multi-cultural workforce and business community, make connections with top business leaders from many growing multicultural businesses in Seattle and the metro area, and to discuss new trends/strategies and emerging markets. 





  • The SAFECO Diversity Initiative. Through this initiative the Breakfast Group was able to expand its scholarship program to include students currently enrolled in college who maintain a certain GPA (Grade Point Average). It also provides two summer inter positions with the company.


  • The Breakfast Group was instrumental in establishing the Urban Enterprise Center, a division of the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce that is designed to focus on economic development in the Central and Southeast sectors of the City. The Breakfast Group/Urban Enterprise partnership is a critical link in securing the economic viability of the Seattle African American community.


  • In 2001, the Breakfast Group revived a community tradition that had existed for over twenty-five years: The Roots Family Picnic. This event has been instrumental in bringing together large numbers of Seattle residents of varying ages and backgrounds in a social setting and providing an opportunity for cross generation bonding and community building. This annual event is sponsored in partnership with Northwest Black Pioneers.