The Negro Business League Herald

Booker T. Washington founded the National Negro Business League (NNBL) to promote the “commercial, agricultural, educational, and industrial advancement” of African Americans in 1901.

National Negro Business League Executive Committee (circ 1900)

National Negro Business League Executive Committee (circ 1900)

The NNBL was an important social and economic organization among African Americans in the early years of the twentieth century. Its credo of black self-assurance and intra-racial cooperation drew on a wide segment of the African American community.

While core membership was the black economic elite of businessmen and women and professionals, a significant segment of the upwardly aspiring black middle class and a large number of farmers also were included.

The local Negro Business League in Washington, D.C., led by Booker T. Washington‘s son-in-law, architect William Sidney Pittman, started publication of The Negro Business League Herald in 1909. This short-lived periodical provides insights into the activities and accomplishment of both the local NNBL office in Washington, D.C. and the organization in general.

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Notes

  • The Negro Business League Herald, Washington, D.C. – April – November 1909