A strong advocate for economic development in the African American community, he founded the United Black Front in 1968, initially as a social service agency to aid victims of the riots, and was a prime mover in the Black Construction Coalition, which developed the Pittsburgh Plan and secured more than 1,000 jobs for African Americans in the construction industry. He created and operated Wylie-Centre Industry, first black-owned nail factory in the world and, in the 1970s, headed the Greater Pittsburgh Business Development Corporation, successor to the United Black Front. -- Pittsburgh Urban League WWW site.
Archival Collections and Reference Resources
- Documenting Our Past: The Teenie Harris Archive Project (Carnegie Museum of Art)
- Jesse Jackson and civil rights advocates, including Bob Collins, George Simmons, Ewari [Ed] Ellis, Luther Sewell, and Clyde Jackson, preparing for press conference (Black-and-white photographs)
- Larry Jackson or Anderson, Harvey Adams, Jesse Jackson, Clyde Jackson, and Robert Lavelle placing hands together (Black-and-white photographs)