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The genesis of the NBMBAA can be traced back to an historical 1970, two-day conference held at the renowned University of Chicago in which a group of dynamic African-American MBA students, faculty advisors and businessmen, compelled by feelings of social and political unrest, convened to discuss and examine whether to establish a professional organization of Black MBAs. The momentous conference represented some of the most illustrious academic institutions including Harvard, northwestern, University of Southern California, Cornell University, Indiana University, Wayne State, Loyola University and a host of others. In the end, it was determined that a professional organization which celebrated and promoted African-American economic sustenance and empowerment was not only needed buy long overdue, thereby paving the way for the formation of the NBMBAA.
"Survival of Minority Business Students and Graduates in the Business World" was held April 3-4, in the auditorium of the University of Chicago's Center for Continuing Education (UIC). It was funded by a $10,000 grant from Metropolitan Applied Research Center Foundation (MARC), a subsidiary of the Ford Foundation. The purpose of the conference was to explore avenues for professional advancement and economic empowerment among Black MBAs, exchange ideas and information and determine whether there was a need for an organization that would serve as a nucleus for Black business professionals and MBA candidates. Approximately 34 universities were represented and over 150 minority students, faculty members, a distinguished minority businessmen from across the country were in attendance. There were participants from Howard, Purdue, the Wharton School of Business, Colombia, The University of Rochester, Stanford, Dartmouth, Loyola, Harvard, Cornell University, Berkeley, and a host of other schools. Businesses that were represented included DeValco, Inc. Management Information, Inc., Quaker Oats, Bank One, Chase Manhattan Bank and