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Black History Month

February is Black History Month, a time to acknowledge and celebrate the rich and varied lives that make up Black American History. For this list, we're spotlighting some of the most fascinating and inspiring stories of Black Americans in business available at Pardee. These histories honor people who demonstrated resilience in the face of injustice, broke glass ceilings and blazed new trails. Their stories are relevant any month of the year, and the lessons they teach carry lasting relevance to the present day.

Featured Reading

Built from the Fire : The Epic Story of Tulsa's Greenwood District, America's Black Wall Street : One Hundred Years in the Neighborhood That Refused to Be Erased

Location: Online
When Ed Goodwin moved with his parents to Greenwood, Tulsa, in 1914, his family joined a growing community on the cusp of becoming a national center of black life. But, just seven years later, on May 31, 1921, the teenaged Ed hid in a bathtub as a white mob descended on his neighborhood, laying waste to thirty-five blocks and murdering as many as three hundred people. The Tulsa Race Massacre was one of the most brutal acts of racist violence in U.S. history, a ruthless attempt to smother a spark of black independence. But that was never the whole story of Greenwood. In Built from the Fire, journalist Victor Luckerson delivers an honest, moving portrait of this potent national symbol of success and solidarity--and weaves an epic tale about a neighborhood that refused, more than once, to be erased. A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW AND WASHINGTON POST BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR.

African American Management History : Insights on Gaining a Cooperative Advantage

Location: Online
The most successful business leaders always have their own compelling philosophies, but all too often the thoughts and ideologies of high-profile African American leaders are forgotten or passed over. The ideas and practices of these visionary leaders, sometimes heralded within their own communities, are often ignored by mainstream media and, over time, many of their contributions are forgotten. Leadership experts Leon C. Prieto and Simone T.A. Phipps re-light these extinguished torches reflecting on some of the leading black business pioneers of the late 19th and early 20th century. This study brings to light how heavily the "golden age of black business" was impacted by the "cooperative advantage" possessed by leaders such as Charles Clinton Spaulding, John Merrick, Alonzo Herndon, Annie Turnbo-Malone, Madam C.J Walker, and Maggie Walker. The history here brought to light demonstrates to students that they too can succeed at managing any enterprise, no matter the challenges they may face.


Madam C. J. Walker's Gospel of Giving: Black Women's Philanthropy during Jim Crow

Location: Online
Founder of a beauty empire, Madam C. J. Walker was celebrated in the early 1900s as America's first self-made female millionaire. Known as a leading African American entrepreneur, Walker was also devoted to an activist philanthropy aimed at empowering African Americans and challenging the injustices inflicted by Jim Crow. Tyrone McKinley Freeman's biography highlights how giving shaped Walker's life before and after she became wealthy. Walker found mentorship among black churchgoers and working black women. Her adoption of faith, racial uplift, education, and self-help soon informed her dedication to assisting black women's entrepreneurship, financial independence, and activism.
Madam C. J. Walker’s Gospel of Giving broadens our understanding of black women’s charitable giving and establishes Walker as a foremother of African American philanthropy.

Books for Black History Month

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