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The Atlanta Business League celebrates eight decades of championing Black enterprise at its upcoming 80th Anniversary Celebration Dinner at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis on Nov. 19.

The Atlanta Business League, the area’s leading business organization for African-American owned enterprises, will commemorate and celebrate its 80-year history of fostering growth and development of minority-owned companies. The event will highlight the role the organization has played in providing economic empowerment and business development for people of color.

“It has been 80 years since the Atlanta division of brilliant educator Dr. Booker T. Washington’s vision of a National Business League began with the mission to enhance and expand Black business, encourage civic pride and reinvest community dollars within our own communities,” said Leona Barr-Davenport, president, ABL.

“Today, we have businesses like Black Enterprise, H.J. Russell Company and C.D. Moody Construction paving the way on a national level; while smaller businesses have a great impact on a grassroots level. Black businesses are a significant part of the community, our city’s – and country’s – overall growth. We are excited to celebrate the progress we have made and the accomplishments that are yet to come to fulfill the mission started eight decades ago.”

The ABL will mark the milestone by honoring community leaders and companies that have consistently supported minority business development locally and nationally. The Booker T. Washington Legacy Builder Award will be presented to: the Honorable Ambassador Andrew Young, Rev. Joseph Lowery, Black Enterprise founder Earl G. Graves Sr. and family, and Atlanta’s own industry leader, Herman Russell and family. C.D. Moody, Jr., president and CEO of C.D. Moody Construction Company will be inducted into the ABL Business Hall of Fame.

Tickets for the event are available through Nov. 18 at http://www.atlantabusinessleague.org or by calling the League office at 404-584-8126. Prices range from $200 individual (member) tickets to $2,000 for tables of ten.

The Atlanta Business League has experienced tremendous growth over the past 80 years. It boasts a membership base of 500 business owners and corporations and a constituent base of 15,000. The organization offers monthly Business Power Forums and Business Enrichment Seminars to assist entrepreneurs with business development and growth. ABL also recognizes outstanding business and community leaders with its annual CEO Appreciation, Men of Influence and Super Tuesday/Women of Vision events.

The Atlanta Business League was established in 1933 as an affiliate of the National Business League (NBL), founded by Dr. Booker T. Washington. ABL serves as one voice for many small businesspersons using their collective power to influence the course of events politically and socially at all levels including government, business and civic communities. For more information, please visit www.atlantabusinessleague.org.

(Photo: The Russell family)

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