In 1957, Inez Y. Kaiser (1918-2016) was the first African American woman to open her own public relations firm and serve national clients. She has also recently become the first Black woman to have her story published in a PR History textbook.
Kaiser was born and raised in Kansas City, Kansas, in 1918 during the Jim Crow era. She majored in home economics and eventually went on to teach the subject for many years.
After resigning from teaching, Kaiser opened her firm in Kansas City, Missouri. Her first account was the Jenkins Music Company, but it wasn’t long before 7UP (J. Walter Thompson), Sterling Drug, Burger King Corporation, Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, and Sears Roebuck & Company joined as clients.
Inez Kaiser also played an active role in multiple organizations, including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). She used her expertise as a communicator to help spread effective messages during the civil rights movement.
Read the rest of Inez Kaiser's bio to learn about her career and significant impact on the public relations industry.