Our mission is to educate youth and other community members about Black innovation and entrepreneurship and to provide opportunities to engage in innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship. We envision a nationwide network of museum displays that highlight inspiring examples of Black innovators and entrepreneurs, located in public libraries and other community centers.

MBIE, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization, is based in Washington, DC and is undertaking initiatives in Birmingham, Alabama. Other communities are invited to contact us.

With consultation from the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice (www.iipsj.org), we are undertaking IP For Innovation. IP For Innovation is a nationwide effort to raise public awareness of intellectual property, how to create it, protect it, and commercialize it.

Please show your support by joining us and making a contribution on our Membership page.

Other news:

Hear Museum Board Director Patricia Carter Sluby on NPR’s Market Place on 25 February 2014. Hear here!

“An entrepreneurship approach to achieving intellectual property social justice,” in a new law text, Intellectual Property, Entrepreneurship and Social Justice, From Swords to Ploughshares (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015), edited by Lateef Mtima, Professor of Law at Howard University School of Law in Washington, DC. View short clips from our video ethnographic study in Alabama.

Please order from Amazon using the following link to donate one half of one percent of your purchase to the Museum. And many thanks for your support!

See this show on music copyright, featuring Lateef Mtima http://www.recreatecoalition.org/podcast/copy-podcast-episode-5-copyright-drives-beat-social-justice/

There may be few other stories as unique or compelling as the Black experience in creating social utility during centuries of virtually total disenfranchisement, and emerging from that peculiar experience. The story of this history and experience, which includes both the Black community and the context in which it was and is situated, is the subject to be explored in this web site and in the Museum (see here for our statement, “What Is Black Innovation and Entrepreneurship?”.

At the same time, this story is offered to all who may be inspired to create new avenues to promote the general welfare. Key issues of concern include:
  1. Innovation and Entrepreneurship are widely used terms, but they need to be more widely understood;
  2. We need more positive contemporary examples and role models for innovation and entrepreneurship in communities today;
  3. We need a clear path for assistance in innovation and entrepreneurship that includes mentorship and community support available to community members; and
  4. The cooperative model of business organization, which provides income and builds asset wealth through collective entrepreneurial ownership, should be a clear option for those seeking productive work, but we need to raise awareness of what cooperatives are as distinct from companies as investor owned firms.

We begin by opening a dialogue with the community to discuss innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship, provide positive examples, show where to get assistance, and elicit ideas for new products, services, and ways to improve the wellbeing of the community through community-based worker cooperatives and other forms of enterprise. We hope to inspire innovation and entrepreneurship as a result. The goal is to increase both asset wealth and revenue generation in the community as a means to achieve social mobility.

Please join us in this neighborhood-based initiative for community economic and social development (see Membership).

We are seeking energetic entrepreneurial volunteers. If you have some time to lend a hand organizing a speaker series, running a talent show, or contacting school teachers to engage students in writing community articles, please contact John, whitman at mbiedc.org.

Creatively Making a World of Difference––African American Innovators and Entrepreneurs:

Our first major exhibit at THEARC in DC on 16 March 2013, curated by noted author on Black innovation and Board member, Dr. Patricia Carter Sluby, was a great success, drawing an estimated 50 plus visitors who inspected the creations of the following innovators and entrepreneurs to the lovely harp music by Victoria Payton Webber:


Above photo: Crystal Little, milliner and founder of Crylittle Designs created a fabulous display for the 16 March 2013 Exhibit. See more here!
The Museum for Black Innovation and Entrepreneurship is a Charter Member of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Explore the Black Innovation and Entrepreneurship Trail in the Washington, DC area.