As the co-founder of National Black Business Month, I’m always on the alert for innovative strategies and opportunities that highlight black-owned businesses or, in some case, just jobs for African-Americans.
Despite a century of African-American involvement in aviation, flying while black can be a lonely experience. Unless one flies through Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta.
My two-hour layover on a red eye flight gave the opportunity to buy a newspaper from the Atlanta Daily World’s news stand, and to pick up some breakfast from Pascal’s.
While sitting at my gate, I was startled to hear what sounded like Lakeside blasting off the monitor. Sure enough, I looked up and the iconic funk group had performed a commercial touting the airline’s shops and restaurants.
Although we now have an African-American president, it is always nice to see African-American flight attendants. Sure enough, my connecting flight on Airtrans to Charlotte had an all-black in-flight crew, something I’d never experienced before.
In a tight economy, it’s the kind of thing each of us should take notice of when we decide where to spend our dollars and how we travel.