Say It Loud!
We’re Black and We’re Proud.
Black-owned businesses originated in America within Free African, American, and Slave communities. Logistically during much of slavery, Blacks weren’t permitted to own anything clearly not even their body). Many people had trades and skills that were used to improve the standard of living for White people in the country. During the Reconstruction Era (1863-1877), Blacks were permitted to operate businesses within the White American structure. By the 1890s there were thousands of African-American small businesses across the country.