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The National Negro Business League was an African American organization founded in Boston, Massachusetts in 1900 by Booker T. Washingtonn, with the support of Andrew Carnegie. The mission and main goal of the National Negro Business League was “to promote the commercial and financial development of the Negro.” Washington’s innovative vision predated the creation of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce by twelve years. The organization, formally incorporated in 1901 in New York, established 320 chapters across the United States.
Booker T. Washington believed that solutions to the problem of racial discrimination were primarily economic, and that African American entrepreneurship was vital. Members in the league included small business owners, farmers, doctors, lawyers, craftsmen, and other professionals. The league maintained directories fort all major US cities and incorporated African American contacts in numerous businesses. Its goal was to allow business to put economic development at the forefoot of getting African Americans to build an economic network. He felt that should be the catalyst for change and social improvement. The league continues today s the National Business League, with headquarters in Washington, DC.
In observation of Black History Month, we will be sharing incepts from the Shades of Color 2014 “The History of African American Entrepreneurs” Calendar. This calendar celebrates the contributions of past African American entrepreneurs that have shaped our nation. It looks to the past accomplishments of great Black business trailblazers and looks ahead with inspiration to the next generations of young African Americans.
It is the only calendar this year to feature Black History Facts & Date year round. Packed with information and image, this makes an excellent gift to honor our African American entrepreneurs!
For More Information on the 2014 Shades of Color Entrepreneur Calendar