Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa, 92.9 WTUG, Praise 93.3, 105.1 The Block, and the Tuscaloosa Thread are proud to present the 2023 Black History Makers of Alabama.

Yellowhammer State is filled with great African American leaders from the past, present, and future. We thank our West Alabama community partners, the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, Delta Phi Lambda Chapter, and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Eta Xi Omega Chapter for their continued support.

Black History Maker of Alabama - Jay Jarrett

Jay Jarrett was born to the proud parents of Willie and Dolores Jarrett in Chicago, IL. At an early age, he moved with his family to Birmingham from Chicago. Jay is a veteran of the United States military having served in both the United States Marine Corps and the United States Air Force. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Business from Faulkner University located in Montgomery, AL.

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Jay is a loving husband and father. He and his wife Angela of 16 years have 5 children. Before partnering and starting his own minority-owned business, Jay had a very successful career in corporate America. He held various roles where he was sometimes the “first” African American, but Jay always performed to help ensure he would not be the “last”.

For me, Black History means Resilience, Perseverance, Inspiration and Hope. These words epitomize the struggles and strive of our yesterday and the determination and tenacity for our tomorrow. I’m encouraged and excited because I know our future generations will continue to build on the black excellence that so many have paved the way. - Jay Jarrett


Jay is the co-owner of CMB Holdings Group LLC. CMB Holdings Group LLC is a minority, family-owned and operated company founded on the core values of respect and appreciation for our team members, customers, partners, and community. CMB Holdings Group LLC owns Twelve25 Sports Bar located here in Tuscaloosa. Jay believes in community and service to others.

He has partnered with Child Abuse Prevention Services to help provide assistance to needy families. He proudly supports the Wounded Warriors Foundation and other organizations that give back and support the enrichment of the community.


2022 Black History Makers of Alabama

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