“The most influential Black individuals in New York politics.”

Jacques Andre DeGraff, Minister, Canaan Baptist Church of Christ

“Jacques Andre DeGraff is one of the many Black church leaders who also choose to focus their energies on social justice and politics. The head of Canaan Baptist Church of Christ has been a longtime advocate for minority- and women-owned businesses – and for granting them a greater share of New York City and state government contracts. He says the city needs to do a better job at supporting a more equitable economy.”

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