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McDaniel, Pete, Geoff Russell, and Martin Davis. Uneven Lies: The Heroic Story of African-Americans in Golf. , 2000. 17 Beavers, George Allen, Jr. , helped found and operate Golden State Insurance (now Golden State Mutual), the major African-American-owned insurance company in California and one of the major such companies in the nation. Beavers helped build the company into a multimilliondollar business that survived the Great Depression and continues to flourish today. , a laborer in a wholesale grocery; his mother was a laundress.
Lovett and Linda T. Wynn. : Annual Local Conference on Afro-American Culture and History, 1996. Available online on University of Tennessee Web Site. htm. Downloaded on January 23, 2003. Thompson, Nolan. ” The Handbook of Texas Online, TSHA Online. Available online. html. Downloaded on January 23, 2003. Bragg, Janet Harmon (Janet Waterford) (1907–1993) pilot, nursing home owner Janet Harmon Bragg is an example of an African American becoming an entrepreneur in response to racial segregation. Although Bragg was the first African-American woman to own an airplane and obtain a commercial pilot’s license, she could not earn a living in aviation.
Famed composer Cole Porter once wandered into Le Grand Duc and asked Bricktop to teach him the Charleston, the latest New York dance craze. When Bricktop gave him a lesson, he exclaimed, “What legs! ” and began bringing his glittering circle of friends to the club, including millionaires, royalty, and international artists. Writer F. Scott Fitzgerald once said his main claim to fame was discovering Bricktop before Cole Porter. Bricktop soon took over the club’s management, renamed the place “Chez Bricktop” (“At the Home of Bricktop”), and created a truly homelike atmosphere for the famous and infamous guests whom she attracted.
African-American Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs (A to Z of African Americans) by Rachel Kranz