Black Economic Empowerment: The National Negro BusinessLeague

Black Economic Empowerment: The National Negro BusinessLeague

Booker T. Washington, founder of the National Negro Business League, believed that solutions to the problem of racial discrimination were primarilyeconomic, and that bringing African Americans into the middle class was the key. In 1900, he established the League “to promote the commercial andfinancial development of the Negro,” and headed it until his death.  The League included small African American business owners, doctors, farmers,craftsmen, and other professionals.  Its goal was to allow business to put economic development at the forefront of getting African-American equality inAmerica. Booker T. Washington felt that there was a need for African Americans to build an economic network and allow that to be a catalyst forchange and social improvement.

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