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The founding of the National Black McDonald's Operators Association (NBMOA) in 1972 is celebrated on this date.
NBMOA is a self-help organization, established for the improvement and betterment of each and every member. On December 21, 1968, Herman Petty of Chicago opened the first black owned McDonald's franchise. Earlier that year, McDonald's Corporation and its management team felt that black business leaders could better address issues and concerns in the community where they live and work. Petty is still a McDonald's Owner/Operator today.
Roland Jones, the first African-American Field Consultant with McDonald's worked closely with Herman Petty in his store operations. By the end of 1969, there were 12 African American-owned and operated McDonald's restaurants, mostly located in the Midwest. Jones’ continued work involved a series of meetings with operators and store managers. This sharing of business ideas, problems, and concerns eventually led to the formation of NBMOA.