As part of its celebration of Black History Month, the Springfield Free Public Library will present a panel discussion on Black Entrepreneurship in the Donald B. Palmer Museum at 7:00 PM on Thursday, February 27.
Videographer Amefika Gray will discuss the launching of his business, Renewed Media LLC in 2016 and show brief excerpts of some of the work he has produced for both business marketing and personal documentary needs. Independent publisher Wendy Jones will discuss her literary venture, Ida Bell Publishing, LLC, which aims to publish works by people from the African Diaspora, people of color, new immigrants, all women, and anyone else of outsider status. Ms. Jones presentation will also include a slide show of historical black entrepreneurs and will touch on the publication of An Extraordinary Life: Josephine E. Jones, a biography of her mother. Next on the panel will be Amber Boulware, the proprietor of An Amber Affair, who will discuss the challenges of associated with starting and running her event production company. The final panelist will be Kenneth Boulware, Amber’s father, and the proprietor of K & K Power Washing, a business he has owned and operated for nearly 25 years.
Black History Month was first proposed by educators and the Black United Students organization at Kent State University in February, 1969. The first official celebration of Black History Month took place at Kent State one year later. By 1976, Black History Month was being celebrated throughout the United States due to its recognition by President Gerald Ford during the country’s Bicentennial celebration.