The event is free and open to the public, which may call 212.998.4222 to RSVP.
Contact: Joan K. Harris, IAAA, 212.998.2981 ; firstname.lastname@example.org
Seven years before Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier on April 15, 1947, a group of African-American businessmen was hired by Pepsi-Cola Co. in Queens, becoming among the first African-Americans to work in professional jobs in corporate America. New York University’s Institute of African American Affairs (IAAA) will host a roundtable discussion, “Breaking the Color Barrier in Corporate America,” that includes some of these pioneers on Thurs., April 12, 6 p.m. at IAAA, located at 41 East 11th St., 7th Fl. (betw. Broadway and University Place). Also part of the panel will be Stephanie Capparell, who chronicled this period in The Real Pepsi Challenge: The Inspirational Story of Breaking the Color Barrier in American Business (Free Press, 2007). The event is free and open to the public, which may call 212.998.4222 to RSVP.
- WHAT: Discussion-“Breaking the Color Barrier in Corporate America”
- WHO: Stephanie Capparell, author, The Real Pepsi Challenge and Wall Street Journal editor; Edward Boyd, team leader, special markets, Pepsi-Cola (1947-1951); Jean Emmons, sales representative, special markets, Pepsi-Cola (1950-1953); and Pamela Newkirk, associate professor of journalism, NYU, and author of Within the Veil: Black Journalists, White Media (moderator)
- WHEN: Thurs., April 12, 6 p.m.
- WHERE: NYU’s Institute of African-American Affairs, 41 East 11th St., 7th Fl. (betw. Broadway and University Place) Subway Lines: R, W (8th Street); 6 (Astor Place); 4, 5, 6 (Union Square)