Slave codes enforced and encouraged the white people to believe that the blacks were inferior to them. The laws were demeaning, and legally gave whites even more ways to take away the rights of blacks. After slavery ended, people still believed blacks to be just as insignificant and inferior as they did before. Lincoln’s emancipation of the slaves did not change most people’s feelings about blacks as a race, because being allowed the power to deny the rights of another race had been acceptable for so long that when that changed, they still believed in what they had been taught or already agreed was normal and fair.

She was affectionately called “Lady Mollie” and she focused her life on breaking down barriers of discrimination in public places in DC. At the age of 91 she won a Supreme Court decision ending segregation in public places in the District of Columbia

Prior to the 1830s slaves made up the majority of the work force in DC and in Washington City which was downtown DC as we know it today had a 10pm curfew. In 1808 if you were free and violated curfew it would cost you $5 and by 1810 if you were free and violated curfew you got 6 months in jail and if you were enslaved you got 40 lashes.

Most people don’t even bother to find their passion because they are so caught up in a routine of day to day survival. But what is it that comes so natural to you that you could possibly be teaching or offering a service to other people and be getting paid in the process. Now one of the biggest problems with ideas is the fact that they might not end up being as successful as they were in your mind and that can’t bother you to the point that you throw up your hands and quit. When you start looking for your passion find what it is that you can do all day every day and never get tired and when you come around this passion it makes you come to life because of your love for this passion. So today ask yourself what is it that I am really good at that I could make a living off of?

Most people are just afraid to take a risk and therefore they have a tendency to over think things which will only result in procrastination. Sometimes you just have to take a risk and just start the process and whatever you decide to do always make it something that you’re passionate about and stop trying to come out the bag as a full blown success. Some of you need to see what it feels like just to come up with a domain name for your business or to get your EIN number just so that you can start the process because there is never a right time to start. GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY!!

This is the position most startup black businesses find themselves in and probably the main reason most people don’t pursue their own business. What I’m telling you is gonna take practice and you’re going to make mistakes so it will depend on how bad you really want it as to how you’ll apply this to your  routine. One of the things you’re going to have to master being self employed is how to pivot which means you might have to put 2 or 3 things together just to make one and always keep in mind where you start out is not where you’ll end up. The biggest challenge you’ll have as a Black business is funding because nine times out of ten your credit is jacked up which is why you have so many bad loans. The only person that can sell your vision is you and sometimes you have to look for your next pivot just to keep your head above water.

First I would like to thank The Godfather of DC Black History Mr. CR Gibbs for compiling all of DC’s Black History and to the many people whose shoulders I’m standing on in attempting to tell the stories of Black people here in DC. Never in my wildest imagination did I ever think I would be the developer of two African American Tours in DC that actually have the potential to change my life forever. And breaking into this market with a black product has it’s own set of challenges and sometimes it can be very discouraging and in some cases down right difficult. One of the biggest challenges that I have had is trying to generate some media about the fact that there were no daily African American Tours in DC and finally that problem has been solved and I can get nothing or any attention. Now the easy part is to throw up my hands and blame the White man and watch my vision go up in smoke but that is not how my Grandma raised me because she always told me to keep banging on the head cause the a** got to die.  One of the things that I have noticed that most White people can’t handle the sometimes very brutal way white folk treated black people back in the day and often times they are shocked to find that the sale of slaves existed right at the foot of the Capitol which means a lot of people just don’t want to know that. So in reality people are getting an incomplete picture of DC when they just go from the US Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial which is why we start our Tours in Southeast DC at the Anacostia Metro Station and if you go on the Yelp App and search Capital Buddy Tours in DC you’ll notice I’m all by myself. Hands down I have the best Tour in DC and the day will come when I’ll have a waiting list for my Tours.