Mar 29, 2018 - Sale 2471

Sale 2471 - Lot 145

Price Realized: $ 2,125
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 500 - $ 750
(BUSINESS.) Report of the Thirteenth Annual Convention of the National Negro Business League. Frontispiece portrait of Booker T. Washington. [5]-210 pages. 8vo, original printed wrappers, minor wear; dampstaining along top edge, ink marks on pages 89-91, frontispiece with a bit of adhesion on inner margin. Washington, [1912]

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The title is dry, but this is not just a volume of meeting minutes and treasurer's reports. It consists mostly of speeches given by numerous successful businessmen and women, including transcripts of panel discussions with Booker T. Washington. Included are the stories of a farmer, realtor, baker, insurance agent, manufacturer, newspaper publisher, and many more. One speech was titled "Liberia: An Opportunity for Negro Business Men." Most notably, on the final day of the convention, Madame C.J. Walker took the stage, just two years after she began manufacturing beauty products on a large scale in Indianapolis: "Surely you are not going to shut the door on my face. I feel that I am in a business that is a credit to the womanhood of our race. . . . I have built my own factory on my own ground. . . . I am not ashamed of my past; I am not ashamed of my humble beginning. Don't think because you have to go down in the wash-tub that you are any less a lady!"