Tom Burrell Becomes the First African American Inducted Into One Club Creative Hall of Fame

Tom Burrell retired in 2004 and currently serves as chairman emeritus for his agency. (Photo by Donna Alberico / Margarita Corporan Photography)
Tom Burrell retired in 2004 and currently serves as chairman emeritus for his agency. (Photo by Donna Alberico / Margarita Corporan Photography)

Burrell Communications Group founder Tom Burrell, who has been breaking barriers his entire career, has added yet another one to the list.

The One Club inducted Burrell into its Creative Hall of Fame, making him the first African-American to receive the honor, which dates back to Leo Burnett’s inaugural induction in 1961. Burrell was inducted into the American Advertising Federation Hall of Fame in 2004.

Recognizing and celebrating the purchasing power of the African-American community, Burrell coined the phrase, “Black people are not dark-skinned white people.” His advertisements for Coca-Cola are recognized for their cultural and historical significance and archived in the Library of Congress.

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SOURCE: AdWeek