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Owner Operator Monique Vann-Brown is the Recipient of McDonald’s 365Black Business Trailblazer Award at Essence Festival

July 3, 2018

For 15 years, McDonald’s® has been a proud sponsor of the nationally-renowned Essence Fest. Part of that sponsorship includes the distinguished McDonald’s 365Black® Awards, where the brand honors those who give back to the community.

This year, McDonald’s will honor Monique Vann-Brown, a Detroit-area franchisee and recipient of the 365Black Business Trailblazer Award. recently profiled Vann-Brown on her leadership and impact that prompted her peers to recognize her for this honor amongst other empowering women.

Additional honorees include: Kimberly Bryant (founder of Black Girls Code), Symone Sanders (political correspondent), Sheryl Lee Ralph (actress) and HBCU Forward Scholarship awardee, Tishauna Wilson.

“When you’re in your 20s, you look up to older women [and admire their accomplishments],” said Vann-Brown. “It’s so unbelievable to me that someone would even consider me for such an award.”

The 15th annual McDonald’s® 365Black® Awards will bring every day heroes and celebrities from across the country to the Ritz Carlton, New Orleans.

The dynamic event takes place July 8 and recognizes exceptional leaders who make positive contributions to move Black culture forward. McDonald’s presence at Essence Festival affirms the brand’s dedication to standing behind those who strive to be deeply rooted in the community.

McDonald’s 365Black platform celebrates the pride, heritage and achievements of African Americans year round. For more info on the awards and our 365Black initiatives visit: