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Illuminating Business Brilliance - Black Leaders during the Harlem Renaissance

Hello BBFG Fam!

As we journey through Black History Month, today's spotlight is on the Harlem Renaissance—a remarkable era that not only reshaped art and culture but also witnessed the rise of impactful Black business leaders.

A Flashpoint of Brilliance

The Harlem Renaissance, spanning the 1920s, was a vibrant cultural and intellectual movement primarily centered in Harlem, New York. Amidst this renaissance, Black entrepreneurs and visionaries emerged, contributing significantly to the economic and cultural fabric of their communities.

Pioneering Entrepreneurs

During this transformative period, Black leaders in various industries thrived, showcasing resilience and excellence. From thriving nightlife ventures to publishing houses, Black entrepreneurs played a pivotal role in shaping Harlem's economic landscape.

Shining a Light on Business Luminaries

Madam C.J. Walker - The Beauty Mogul:

Madam C.J. Walker, an iconic figure, not only made history as one of the first self-made female millionaires in the United States but also revolutionized the beauty industry. Her entrepreneurial spirit and dedication empowered countless Black women.

Charles S. Johnson - Magazine Publisher:

Charles S. Johnson gave a voice to Black culture as the Black community was marginalized by mainstream publishing outlets. He sponsored literary contests to encourage young writers. A few of the writers were Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes.

Drawing Inspiration for Today

The stories of these luminaries from the Harlem Renaissance inspire us to continue fostering economic empowerment within our communities. As we celebrate their successes, let's reflect on how their pioneering spirit laid the foundation for today's Black-owned businesses.

Join the conversation on our platform and share your thoughts on the Harlem Renaissance's impact on Black entrepreneurship. Let's continue honoring the legacy of these trailblazers, acknowledging their contributions to our shared history. And

Stay tuned for more enlightening journeys through Black business history this month.

Stay tuned for more insightful journeys through Black business history throughout Black History Month. Visit our website for updates, to log your transactions with Black Owned Businesses and to connect with our vibrant community.

Together, we celebrate the brilliance and resilience that define Black entrepreneurship.

It's our time!


Phillip W. Dunn Founder, Black Business Focus Group

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