Fat Burger's Founder, Lovie Louise Yancy
Lovie Louise Yancy - Have you ever had a Fat Burger? If so, you have an African American woman to thank for the deliciousness you experienced. Lovie Louise Yancey — Fat Burger's founder — was born in Bastrop, Tex., in January of 1912. Little is known about her early life in Texas. At the age of 35, Yancey and a friend partnered up on a 3-stool hamburger stand called Mr. Fatburger in South Central Los Angeles. Five years later, in 1952, Yancey bought her business partner out and changed the name of the burger joint to Fatburger. Popular among Los Angeles' entertainment and music industry celebrities, Fatburger gained significant notoriety and interest among potential investors. Eventually, in 1973 Yancey opened a Fatburger in Beverly Hills. By the 1980s she was growing the business through local franchising and by the end of 1985, the chain had over fifteen franchise sites throughout So. California. Today, Fatburger's footprint stretches from coast to coast with more than 75 locations across the U.S. Beyond her Fatburger legacy, Yancey established a multi-million dollar endowment at the City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, Calif., for research into sickle-cell anemia. Lovie Yancey died of pneumonia on January 26, 2008, at the age of 96. Learn more about Yancey by reading her profile on BalckPast.org (link: http://bit.ly/Lovie-Yancey)
In November 1968 Shirley Chisholm of Brooklyn, New York, became the first
African American woman to be elected to the U.S. Congress.
In 1972 she ran for the Democratic Nomination for President.
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