Corporate CEOs, COOs, CFOs, VPs. Cabinet Secretaries. Top-level higher education administrators. Attorneys, judges. Investors, philanthropists.

All powerful people, in their own ways. And almost all white.

Almost all.

Over the next week, we will shine a light on 28 of the most powerful black Wisconsinites. We’ll tell you things you never knew about some familiar folks, and we’ll introduce you to people you’ll want to know. We’ll reflect on decades-long careers, and speculate on a few rising stars and just how far they might rise.

Check every weekday morning from tomorrow until October 14. We’ll introduce you to about five at a time, in no particular order — this isn’t a countdown. Just our best estimation of who among African Americans has shaped the history, economy and culture — and who will shape the future — of our beloved state.