The JAX Chamber Foundation is launching the Lewis and White Business League, a forum and program designed to improve economic opportunity for African Americans in Jacksonville.
The Lewis and White Business League will include connections to business and educational advancement, quarterly meetings with guest speakers and networking and mentoring opportunities.
The initiative is named in honor of A.L. Lewis and Dr. Eartha White, two influential African American business leaders in Jacksonville and both charter members of the National Negro Business League which was founded in 1900 by Booker T. Washington to advance the economic conditions of African Americans.
A.L. Lewis helped found the Afro-American Life Insurance Company, at the time, Florida only insurance company, black or white.
White’s legacy still lives today serving the homeless through the Clara White Mission, Jacksonville’s oldest nonprofit.
The Lewis and White Business League will be part of the JAX Chamber Foundation with the over arching goal of creating a level playing field for all. The first Lewis and White Business League events are being planned for the first quarter of 2021.
About JAX Chamber
The JAX Chamber is the business membership organization dedicated to driving quality economic growth in Northeast Florida to make this region the best place to live, work and play. Membership provides the opportunity to connect with and buy from other Chamber members. The connections result in business growth and a more prosperous economy.