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Since 1980, The National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers (NAMAD) has proudly taken a leadership role as advocates for diversity and inclusion in all aspects of the automotive industry. Our organization collaborates with local, regional and national policy-makers as well as domestic and international manufacturers to establish business protocols which are meaningful, equitable and sustainable for our nation’s minority entrepreneurs and employees currently and potentially working within the automotive industry in America.
This is a history of the pioneering African-American men and women who elected to pursue a business career as franchised new car dealers within the automotive industry.
With the advent of the automobile in the late 1890's, it has been estimated there were between 250 – 300 manufacturers which came into existence during the early 1900's. Many such as Ford, GM and Chrysler had staying power while the vast majority went out of business. Some manufacturers established their own sales outlets while others elected to seek out independent business entrepreneurs who could best represent their products in the market place.