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Flaxie Madison (Pinkett) Bourne (1917 - 1995)

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Flaxie Madison Bourne formerly Pinkett
Born in St. Louis, St. Louis County, Missouri, USAmap
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Died in Washington, District of Columbia, USAmap
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Her parents were John Randolph Pinkett, Sr. & Flaxie Holcombe.

Flaxie Madison Pinkett was born on 30 Nov 1917 in St.Louis. Her parents moved the family to Atlanta, Georgia and then to Washington, District of Columbia.

In 1932 she received her diploma at the young age of 14 & immediately enrolled at Howard University. At the same time, she began her career in her father's real estate and insurance office.

She received her Bachelor of Arts in 1936 & subsequently pursued professional studies at American University, Howard University and the institute of Real Estate Management.

She was a businesswoman, activist, social entrepreneur, philanthropist and a dynamic African-American woman.

In 1958 she inherited John R. Pinkett Inc., her father’s successful real estate, insurance and property management business. It was quite unusual for an African-American woman to direct a major corporation in the 1950s, but her commitment to family, civil rights, and her own ambition, allowed her to go beyond the social and cultural norms. She helmed her father's corporation for 49 years, overcoming obstacles in the form of racial and gender discrimination and served as a role model to her family and the D.C. community. Under her leadership, the business transcended the color line, serving patrons of all races. The firm grew to be a respected member of the Washington, D.C. business community.

She was a mentor to a lot of people & was involved with the International Department of Army & campaigned actively against the Vietnam War. She advocated for nationwide progress in African American civil rights & struggled to remove racial boundaries. In 1968 she was the Democratic National Committee Woman for the District of Columbia was very involved in Robert Kennedy's presidential campaign.

In her business career, she was the first black woman and one of the first blacks who in 1966 were admitted to the Washington Board of Realtors, which had denied membership to her father because he was black. Later, she served on the organization's board of directors and in 1975 was honored as Realtor of the Year.

In 1975 she was named the Realtor of the Year by the Washington Board of Realtors.

In 1976 "Washingtonian Magazine" described her as “Washington’s chief volunteer for 40 years”.

In 1981 she was the first black and the first woman to be the Greater Washington Board of Trade's "Man of the Year". Also that year John R. Pinkett Inc. was inducted into the Washington Business Hall of Fame.

In 1982 she received a Candace Award from the National Coalition of 100 Black Women.

In 1983 she was president-elect of the Greater Washington Board of Trade.

Her awards included ...

- National Brotherhood Citation of the National Conference of Christians and Jews
- Whitney M. Young Jr. Memorial Award for Outstanding Services to Minority Community Life
- Distinguished Public Service Award from the District of Columbia
- Outstanding Achievement in Business and Community Affairs Award from Howard University.

She retired in 1985. For about the last six years she resided in Bethesda.

She was twice married and twice divorced from James Franklin Bourne.

She died on 9 May 1995 [1] [2] at Suburban Hospital in Washington, DC at the age of 77.


  1. SSDI for Flaxie M. PINKETT b=30 Nov 1917 ss#579-03-8170 issued=DC d=09 May 1995.
  2. Obituary: "Longtime Political Activist Flaxie M. Pinkett Dies at 77" by Bart Barnes publication=13 May 1995 The Washington Post
  • 1940 USA Census of Tract#33, District of Columbia, Police Precinct#13, District of Columbia, DC nara#T627_570 ed#1-508 sheet#8A line#32 which included ...
50 PINKETT Flaxie H. b=1890 DC race=negro (wife nee HOLCOMBE genealogical-society#005461955)
24 PINKETT Margo (daughter)
22 PINKETT Flaxie (daughter)
19 PINKETT Francis (daughter)
17 PINKETT Charlotte (daughter)
15 PINKETT Charles (son)
26 PINKETT John (son)
24 PINKETT Charlotte (daughter-in-law)
03 PINKETT John (grandson).
  • "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 16 January 2018), Flaxie M Pinkett in household of John R Pinkett, Washington, Washington, District of Columbia, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 228, sheet 16A, line 30, family 260, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 298; FHL microfilm 2,340,033.
John R Pinkett Head M 41 Virginia
Flaxie Pinkett Wife F 40 District Of Columbia
John R Pinkett Son M 16 Missouri
Margat H Pinkett Daughter F 14 Missouri
Flaxie M Pinkett Daughter F 12 Missouri
Frances C Pinkett Daughter F 9 Missouri
Charlotte B Pinkett Daughter F 7 Missouri
Charles C Pinkett Son M 5 Georgia
Hollie D Lewis Roomer F 50 Virginia


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