Small world…

By Ronald Court

So there I was last week, having breakfast in the Morrisville Cafe in North Carolina. I was in town to visit my son, who had gone off to work for the day. I was wearing my brand new BTWS baseball cap.

The owner was behind the counter, apparently studying me while I stared at my plate, trying to decide whether or not I liked grits. After a bit, he reached into his pocket for something and placed a genuine Booker T. Washington half-dollar in front of me!

BTWcoin back

BTW coin reverse

To know more about BTW Commemorative coins, click here. Thank you Booker T. for creating yet another bond of rapport between the North and South. I’m going to wear my BTWS cap more often.
And I will learn to like grits.

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2 thoughts on “Small world…

  1. William Richard Craft

    the National Chamber of Commerce was preceded by the National Negro Business League in 1900 and may have given impetus to the founding of the national Chamber of Commerce

    The U.S. Chamber’s History: The idea of a national institution to represent the unified interests of U.S. business first took shape when President William Howard Taft, in a speech before Congress on December 7, 1911, addressed the need for a “central organization in touch with associations and chambers of commerce throughout the country and able to keep purely American interests in a closer touch with different phases of commercial affairs.” Four months later, on April 12, 1912, President Taft’s vision became a reality when a group of 700 delegates from various commercial and trade organizations came together to create a unified body of business interest that today is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In 1925, construction on the Chamber headquarters was completed on property that had belonged to Daniel Webster (read the history of the building), and the U.S. business community made it a rallying point for promoting and defending free enterprise and individual opportunity. More than 90 years later, the Chamber has grown to represent more than 3 million businesses, nearly 3,000 state and local chambers, 830 associations, and over 90 American Chambers of Commerce abroad.The U.S. Chamber and the legacy of Daniel Webster share more than just the hallowed ground that is now 1615 H Street Northwest. This venerable institution and this statesman’s spirit share an unwavering commitment to democracy, individual opportunity, and free enterprise. They are forever bonded by the words of Webster, which were inscribed in stone in the original Chamber building: “Let us develop the resources of our land, call forth its powers, build up its institutions, promote all its great interests, and see whether we also, in our day and generation, may not perform something worthy to be remembered.” — Daniel Webster, June 17, 1825, Speech Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Bunker Hill, Charlestown, Massachusetts

  2. Ronald Court

    I had no idea that the idea of a US Chamber of Commerce might very well have sprung from the example set by the National Negro Business League.

    The world, and this country in particular, owes much to the effort and example that Booker T. Washington set as living proof that, in this country, even when the cards are stacked against you, it is possible to rise up from adversity to inspire others.

    Thank you, William Craft, for sharing.

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