Business in the Black-The rise of black business in America

Written by on 21 March 2018


Showing Business in the Black documentary is touring the country, April 19th Toledo, OH, April 26th, New Orleans, May 1 Cincinnati, OH, May 3 Louisville, May 17th Kalamazoo, MI, May 18th Chicago, IL.

Business in the Black-The rise of black business in America, 1800’s-1960’s is a documentary. So finally that there’s a film that looks at the achievements of African Americans in the arena of business starting with slavery times.  This film is special because little is talked about the accomplishments of slaves and African Americans in the area of business.

Business in the Black-The rise of black business in America, 1800’s-1960’s  has 3 main segments:

How did slaves go to college?  

What racist did to destroy black business districts across the country?

A look at what we accomplished

The first segment examines how blacks were educated enough to attend college, what the qualifications were to be accepted and which colleges allowed blacks to attend.

The second segment looks at various business districts across the country and how they were affected by race riots, bombing, and government action.

The third segment names black millionaires in the 1800’s, the growth of black business districts, names of businesses and organizations who helped foster the business communities and interviews with people whose family owned a business in the early 1900’s for example, the sons of the founders of a black-owned hospital founded in 1917 or descendants of the founders of a cemetery started in 1925. The film has 67 interviewees. 75 minutes runtime.

Production took 2 years.  It premiered in Detroit May 31st at the Charles Wright Museum of African American History then at toured to 13 US cities and Toronto, Canada.

Business in the Black is available on Amazon.

Anthony Brogdon is a Detroit, Michigan based filmmaker. This is his second film project, his first was the documentary The Great Detroit-It was-It is-It will be, released in 2014.  Up next for Mr. Brogdon is Foot Soldiers a drama that examines the relationship between a mentor and his mentee due for a summer 2018 release.

To complement this special film, Anthony’s message focuses on how great we are, even today.


Contact: Cora Glenn at 313.704.5612


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