Book Review: Black Fortunes
Wills got a winner with Black Fortunes-The Story of the First Six Afro-American Those who escaped slavery and became millionaires. As the title suggests, the author portrayed the stories of six people: Mary Ellen Pleasant, Robert Church Reed, OW Gurley, Hannah Elias, Annie Turnbo Malone and Madame CJ Walker. While some are familiar with the history of Madam’s hair care empire, I think the stories of her predecessors are just as fascinating.
What makes the book a turn of the page? You see the determination, resourcefulness, courage, brilliance and faith of people who, despite their beginnings, pursued their dreams; As a result, they amassed a fortune, enduring unspeakable circumstances. You are committed from start to finish. This article looks at some of the benefits that I think any reader will get.
Burke asserted that “those who do not know history are destined to repeat it.” Black Fortune has a lot of American history. Whatever: slavery, rebuilding, segregation, Jim Crow, western growth, Native American resettlement, business, real estate, housing, government, dating / interracial relationships, and you will find it. Also, find out how millionaires used their money to support abolitionists.
Indeed, I suggest that both high school and college teachers consider making this book a must-read for history or business classes. In addition to acquiring knowledge that has been preserved in history books, students will make connections between the past and the present. How can you avoid repeating what you don’t know?
· Case studies
Along with the benefit of a unique historical perspective, the book offers six amazing case studies. Despite the conditions, each person discovered a way to survive and prosper. Like many tributaries Afro-American Today, these people used their prosperity to support worthy causes. Therefore, their stories present lessons on business building (marketing, research, talent recruiting, business expansion, raising capital, investing, product development, community engagement, and more). In short, the rise of Black Wall Street deserves close scrutiny. It is sure to evoke a variety of emotions and lively discussions.
At the same time, Black Fortunes offers information for entrepreneurs. The pioneers shared a keen intuition, as well as an ability to take risks. Unlike many who cry out in fear in the face of adversity, this group was looking for opportunities. In addition, they devised strategies to take advantage of products and services.
Are you an entrepreneur? If you answered yes, you need a copy. By reading a chapter or two about the days when things seem impossible, you can be sure that you will gain insight and encouragement.
When you look at what these six people endured, anyone will be inspired to live a purposeful life, especially people of color. How does someone who has just come out of slavery not only rises up but surpasses the people who oppressed him? They had less to work with, faced insurmountable difficulties, and could not openly enjoy the fruits of their labor. In short, they proved everyone wrong by dismantling stereotypes. So if the six people featured in this book accomplished what they did then, we can accomplish more today.
Someone said, “Anyone who tries to make a distinction between education and entertainment knows nothing about either.” In my opinion, this book is a good movie; teach and inspire.