The top Black Republicans in the country recently joined Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus as he honored "Black Republican Trailblazers" in his latest attempt to make inroads into the Black community.
During the event at the National Republican Club of Capitol Hill, Priebus put the party's strong suit on parade. In saluting "Black Enterprise" Priebus paid homage to Republican role models William T. Coleman and Robert J. Brown, chairman and CEO of B&C Associates, Inc.
Coleman is a former U.S. Secretary of Transportation and Brown is a former presidential aide. Both "trailblazers" have made immeasurable contributions toward Blacks doing business in America. When it comes to the business of America, the GOP has no political peer. "Capitalism" is a key Republican Party pillar and these "trailblazers" made great marks on Black Americans' businesses and opportunities.
During President Richard Nixon's tenure in office, Brown served as the White House's liaison in Black communities. In ways not occurring today, back in the 1970s, Brown dealt with issues related to civil rights legislation, funding for jobs, Black colleges and inner-city housing. As Blacks became frustrated with economic conditions that didn't improve despite advancements in civil rights, the Nixon administration addressed economic empowerment by sponsoring strong minority business initiatives.