A few of the facts
1619 is when 20 African slaves first arrived in America on a ship commanded by Dutch seamen. The ship docked at a port in Jamestown, Virginia.
There’s the incredible story of Frank McWorter who was born a slave. His parents were a white man and a black woman. His father allowed Frank to participate in the family business in various capacities. His father saw how easily he picked up business matters. Frank became very astute and from his hard work earned enough money to buy his and his wife’s and the freedom of so many others that people nicknamed him “Free Frank”.
There’s a story about a slave named Zack Hubert who lived in Georgia. He was about the same age as his master’s son. They played together at times. So, by default, he was taught how to read and write. He understood the importance of an education. Zack said that if he ever got his freedom and had kids he would make sure they got an education. Slavery ended, he found a way to hire a tutor for his 12 sons and daughters and they each went to college.
There were 3 historically black colleges that opened before 1865.
Cheyney University in Pennsylvania was founded in 1837.
Lincoln University in Pennsylvania was founded in 1854. Wilberforce University
in Wilberforce, Ohio was founded in 1856.
One of the most devastating massacres in America’s history happened on June 1, 1921, when a white racist saw a black guy kissing a white girl in the elevator. He ran out screaming that a black guy was raping a white girl. White folks were already jealous of the thriving black community nicknamed “Black Wall Street” in the Greenwood district of Tulsa, Oklahoma. There were plenty of well-to-do blacks in the community, rich from oil dividends and successful businesses. These white rioters just went crazy, killing nearly 200 innocent blacks no matter their age. They set fire to most of the buildings, which left nearly 8,000 people homeless. It was incredible that they had so much hatred. There’s testimony that they used dynamite and shot people whose arms were raised in surrender. The craziest fact was that no one was ever convicted of a crime.
Robert Reed Church, Sr. was born in Mississippi in 1839. His father was white and his mother was black. Robert grew up to develop a keen sense of business principles that led him to open various businesses including the Solvent Savings Bank. He is recognized as the south’s first black millionaire.
In 1959, Berry Gordy founded Motown Records in Detroit, Michigan. He received a loan of $800 from his family and opened the doors under the name Tamla Records. Soon after that Gordy came up with the Motown name. In 1960 he merged the two labels to become the Motown Record Corporation. Motown eventually became a huge influence in the music industry with many nationally and internationally recognized artists. The Motown sound became an icon for generations.
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How slaves learned to read and write, massacre at Black Wall Street, names of black millionaires in the 1800's, interviews with over 30 people whose family owned a business in the early 1900's and so much more.
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Business in the Black has toured the country to rave reviews.
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I was a guest on Fox news in Cincinnati
*In Los Angeles it showed in Hollywood
*Received a proclamation from the Toledo City Council
*An original Tuskegee Airman attended our Cincinnati showing
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He got the idea to produce this documentary after finding video footage of a black business event he produced in 1994 which featured several black business owners who operated in the 1940's.
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