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The NNBL was followed in the 1920s by the Colored Merchants' Association (CMA), established to reduce the operating costs of black retailers through cooperative buying.
Reverend William Peck, pastor of Detroit's Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, was familiar with both the NNBL and the CMA.
Not only did Washington promote this business production philosophy at Tuskegee Institute, he also included his African American success strategy at the NNBL meetings and the Negro Farmer's Conference.
For business historians, the surviving NNBL records provide a unique view into the diversity of Negro enterprises.
The crystallization of Jim Crow lines in the first decade, quickly followed by the First World War and the Great Migration in the next, led to increased cooperation among national black organizations, such as the NNBL, the National Association of Colored Women's Clubs (NACW), the National Urban League (NUL), and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
They joined with the NNBL in seeing African American business as one promising area for achieving a broader set of economic, social, and political goals.
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