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African American Chamber of Commerce Screens Business in the Black

Sojourner’s Truth Staff

The Toledo African American Chamber of Commerce (TAACC) invited Detroit’s Anthony Brogdon to town last week to screen his film, Business in the Black, for the local audience. Dozens of Chamber members and guests gathered at the Radisson Hotel on Thursday, March 7, to view the film which chronicles the black business experience from the early 19th century to the mid – 1950’s.

Brogdon, founder of Strong Productions, has produced a number of films, including Play Foot Soldiers (2012) and The Great Detroit (2014). His films have been screened in a number of cities, including New York and Los Angeles.

Business in the Black is a documentary about the history of black-owned businesses with three segments. “How did slaves go to college?” is the first segment in which the film explores the ways in which African Americans have historically sought to attain education – what the qualifications were and which colleges allowed black students to attend.

Secondly, the film looks at those black-owned businesses that racists tried to destroy around the nation through race riots, bombings and government action.

Thirdly, the film explores the rise of successful entrepreneurs – millionaires – in the 1800s and the growth of black business districts using interviews with family members, descendants, of the business owners.

The screening was part of TAACC’s new outreach movement designed to re-engage members – local black-owned businesses – and enhance community awareness of the opportunities black-owned businesses present. Roy Hodge, REH Systems Solutions, is the president of TAACC.






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