1. Explain the role the Morton Building played in African-American society.
2. Describe the hardships traveling African-American musicians faced during segregation.
1. Research black-owned businesses in your city and in Atlanta. Make a list of these. Put them in categories along with their average profits for this (or the past) year. If possible, email or otherwise interview the President or CEO of one of these companies. Or, ask them to come to your class and talk about how they came to be the head (or establish) this company. (Write out your interview questions ahead of time.)
Black Bourgeoisie: African Americans in the middle class (The bourgeoisie is generally a business class.)
burlesque: popular form of theater during the early 20th century that was usually characterized by exaggerated parody, satire, and some risque subject matter
entrepreneur: one who creates a product on his own account; whoever undertakes on his own account an industrial enterprise in which workmen are employed
genre: a style of entertainment or art
Jim Crow laws: laws developed specifically to inconvenience African Americans or to promote segregation between the races
minstrel company: a group of performers who do African-American caricatures and perform songs and comic sketches; white performers employ "blackface" -- the wearing of dark make-up -- in order to impersonate African Americans
Odd Fellows Society: an organization formed in America during the 19th century whose motto states that they are to provide friendship, demonstrate charity and pursue truth
"passing": term applied to the circumstance of light-skinned African Americans becoming socially, politically, or financially successful
Republican Party: one of two major political parties in the United States whose interests are generally business and trade focused, hence the party is often identified with the bourgeoisie
segregation: the act of segregating; separation from others; a parting; often refers to the separating of races
vaudeville: a theatrical piece, usually a comedy, the dialogue of which is intermingled with light or satirical songs, set to familiar airs