OF ‘BOSS: THE BLACK EXPERIENCE IN BUSINESS’ ON PBS
Being an associate professor of history and African American studies at Georgetown University, what is a major point that you want to help “Boss: The Black Experience in Business” emphasize?
Something to keep in mind is that this film really captures the long historical trajectory of communities using business as not only a means of wealth production, but in order to articulate themselves as citizens. We do have a robust tradition of state resources going into investing in African American businesses, but we also have to keep in mind that African Americans’ access to wealth in terms of lending ability – to pass on generational wealth – is still a challenge that’s shaped by race.
What do you believe history has to say to present-day entrepreneurs?
I think that history’s really important, because for many African Americans who enter business, they are coming from a perspective of learning about the great black businesses that are no longer. And I think that definitely has an impression on how people strategize how they’re going to do their own business.