August 23: Booker Washington founded National Negro Business League

August 23: Booker Washington founded National Negro Business League

August 23, 1900 – National Negro Business League founded by Booker T. Washington. On August 23, 1900,  Booker T. Washington founded the National Negr

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August 23, 1900 – National Negro Business League founded by Booker T. Washington.

On August 23, 1900,  Booker T. Washington founded the National Negro Business League (NNBL) in Boston, Massachusetts.  The organization received support from Andrew Carnegie. Washington believed the creation of a strong networking organization of African American business leaders could be an impetus for improving the overall social and racial conditions of African Americans in the country.

Booker T. Washington and Andrew Carnegie were important in the setting up of the NNBL.

Over 300 chapters of NNBL were created across the country consisting of African American small business owners such as physicians, business entrepreneurs, craftsmen and others who had achieved success in creating their own business.

The Negro Business League in 1966 changed it’s name to the National Business League and reincorporated in Washington, DC.

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