Little-known-facts about African Americans and the Hospitality Industry

  February is Black History Month so we celebrate by looking at the contributions of Black Americans to society in general and to Black life in particular. Black Americans were involved in the restaurant and lodging industry in significant ways, however most people do not know how or in what ways Blacks contributed. First, everyone should know that the restaurant, foodservice and lodging industries were complicit in denying Blacks and other minority groups equal access to public accommodations. This is an inconvenient truth but it is a fact. Blacks could not eat in many restaurants or stay at hotels simply because of the color of their skin. Because Blacks could not travel without the fear of physical harm, Black communities began to open up their homes to travelers, thereby... read more

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