1940-- As more and more Americans took to the road for business or leisure in the late 1930s, a travel agent in NYC had the idea to publish a travel guide just for African Americans. "The Negro Traveler Green-Book" listed highway hotels and restaurants where black motorists were welcome-- and where they weren't. Learn more about this striking piece of history during the 2nd annual Black PR History, in a special presentation by Judith Harrison, svp of Weber Shandwick, and chair of the PRSA Foundation. RSVP prmuseum.org. Event: Feb. 1, 6pm, 11 E. 61 St.
1900- For the Paris Exposition at the turn of the century, W.E.B. DuBois-- a Harvard-educated PhD, sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, and a founder of the NAACP--put together the "American Negro' exhibit: a collection of 360 photos of prominent, wealthy African Americans. The shots chosen for display were meant to showcase the economic progress of many African Americans and challenge the stereotypical image held by many.
This is what DuBois said of his exhibit: "Thousands upon thousands will go [to the fair], and a well selected and prepared exhibit, representing the Negro’s development in his churches, his schools, his homes, his farms, his stores, his professions and pursuits in general will attract attention... and do a great and lasting good in convincing thinking people of the possibilities of the Negro."