BRAG was founded in 1970 as an outgrowth of a similar organization, the National Negro Retail Advisory Group (NNRAG). Although the latter organization folded, some of its members felt that the Group’s basic concepts were nonetheless valid and should, therefore, be perpetuated. Thus, with a nucleus of NNRAG members, the Black Retail Action Group was born.
The first General Membership meeting of the group was held in 1970, and interest exhibited reinforced the belief that an organization of this type was needed and could serve as a positive force in securing the participation of minorities in retail and related industries.
The Board of Directors is the policy-making body of the organization and convenes monthly. Members of the Board are appointed by the President annually, with the exception of four members, who can be elected annually by the General Membership. The General Membership meets quarterly.
National Officers are elected by the Board of Directors and serve for a period of two years. The President, V.P. of Finance, V.P. of Planning and Regional V.P.’s (if any) hold office for two years during even numbered years. The V.P. of Operations, Secretary and Parliamentarian hold office for two years during odd numbered years.
BRAG, a 501 (c) (3) not for profit organization, is dedicated to the inclusion of African Americans and all people of color in retail and related industries.
BRAG is a non-profit organization that prepares and educates professionals, entrepreneurs and students of color for executive leadership in the retail, fashion and related industries.