The Reverend Sullivan outlines his “selective patronage” strategy, encouraging community members to not support local businesses who refuse to hire or promote minority youth.
The Reverend Sullivan, along with 400 other local ministers, expand selective patronage throughout the region, using the power of African American churches to expand economic opportunity.
The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., invites the Reverend Sullivan to Atlanta to meet with other local ministers about replicating the selective patronage program. They eventually launch Operation Breadbasket, modeled after the work being done in Philadelphia.
Life Magazine names the Rev. Sullivan among the 100 outstanding young adults in the country.
Philadelphia OIC founded, opens first training center.
Groundbreaking for an OIC-sponsored affordable housing project, Zion Gardens.
The Reverend Sullivan receives the Philadelphia Award.
Groundbreaking for Progress Plaza. Here, the Reverend Sullivan talks about the importance of the project, and then gives a tour to Richard Nixon.
President Lyndon B. Johnson visits Philadelphia OIC.
Richard Nixon visits Philadelphia OIC.
OIC of America launches.
The Reverend Leon H. Sullivan becomes the first African American appointed to General Motors’ Board of Directors. Here, his friend and colleague former GM Vice President James Farmer discusses the impact this had on the company and corporate America.
Introduction of The Sullivan Principles dealing with investment in apartheid-era South Africa.
Nearly one million served by OIC.
First African-African American summit held.
The Reverend Sullivan nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
Introduction of the Global Sullivan Principles of Social Responsibility at the United Nations.
On April 24, The Reverend Leon H. Sullivan passes away.
The Leon H. Sullivan Foundation is established.
Philadelphia OIC celebrates 40th anniversary.
OIC of America receives $7.9 million from Department of Labor to oversee green jobs training program.
Philadelphia OIC joins city-wide drive to provide free Internet access to more than 8,500 users.
President/CEO Robert Nelson retires after 35 years of service. Here, he talks about his years with Philadelphia OIC.
Philadelphia OIC celebrates 50th Anniversary.