The Museum of Public Relations would like to pay homage the lifetime achievements of Barbara Juanita Gardner-Proctor (1932-2018), the first African American women to start an advertising agency. Throughout her career, Barbara was lauded for her social consciousness, refusing to represent companies that would portray people of color negatively and was even recognized during Pres. Reagan’s State of the Union address in 1984. A young woman from North Carolina with a Small Business Administration Loan built her dream into a multi million-dollar company, surpassing what many never expected to be a true competitor in this white male dominated field. It is because of Ms. Gardner-Proctor’s achievements that the PR Museum is hoping to expand its repertoire and induct her into the Museum’s permanent collection.
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