Discussion in 'Black People Doing Positive Things' started by Knowledge Seed, Sep 20, 2011.
its cool to know. I like Coke.
But did you know Coco Cola legally produces cocaine which ends up in the U.S?
In the Spirit of Sankofa,
J. Bruce Llewellyn, Pioneering Executive, Passes Away at 82
J. Bruce Llewellyn, who built the Philadelphia Coca-Cola Bottling Co. into one of the nation’s largest and most prosperous black-owned companies, died yesterday at the age of 82.
Llewellyn was the quintessential entrepreneur, with business interests all over the globe. A man of many accomplishments, he was a lawyer, onetime prosecutor in the New York District Attorney’s Office, and served in the administrations of both Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.
He became interested in soft drinks while owner of Fedco Foods Corp., of New York, and saw his chance to get into the field when the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Operation PUSH staged a boycott of Coca-Cola because it had so few black employees and distributors.
Llewellyn teamed up with legendary 76ers star Julius “Dr. J” Erving and Philadelphia entertainer Bill Cosby to buy the local company in 1983.
As chairman and CEO, Llewellyn ramped up revenues to more than $500 million annually and greatly increased the number of minority employees.
He sold the Fedco chain of stores for $20 million and in 1985 bought WKBW-TV, an ABC affiliate in Buffalo, N.Y., and four years later he and other investors purchased South Jersey Cable for more than $400 million.
Now this man and his committment to Blacks is phenomenal! He saw a need, unified with other Black businessmen to move on that need and in turn gave many Blacks opportunity they wouldn't have otherwise and he didn't end there, but opened up other avenues...what a story and fine example of how far unity will get you!
Thank you Knowledge Seed for starting this thread and Brother Clyde for expounding on Mr. Llewellen's story and unfortunate death.
In the Spirit of Sankofa,
.......Yes, this guy was making moves and doing quite well at it. Personally, I hate he sold the bottling company that was #4 in the nation, although he later purchased another bottling company in Delaware.
Wow. I knew about the Cosby and "Dr. J'' connection, but didnt know about this brotha. Coca Cola sells big here in Philly, and I remember some representatives of the Phila. Coca-Cola Bottling Co. showing up in spots, in terms of donations, but they didnt shine a light on Mr. Llewellen.
R.I.P. , Mr. Llwelleyn. May all reap the benefits of his labor..
Thanks Knowlege Seed and Brova Clyde.
I thought cocacola was originally made with coke but no longer?
coca leaves are still used in production, though no cocaine is in the drink
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