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By Herman Russell,Bob Andelman,Andrew Young

Born right into a blue-collar family members within the Jim Crow South, Herman J. Russell equipped a shoeshine enterprise whilst he was once 12 years old—and used the earnings to shop for a vacant lot the place he equipped a duplex whereas he was once nonetheless a teenager. within the resulting 50 years, Russell has persevered to construct and improve companies, gathering some of the most influential and ecocnomic minority-owned company conglomerates. In construction Atlanta, he stocks his inspiring existence tale, revealing how he overcame racism, poverty, and a debilitating speech obstacle to develop into some of the most profitable African American marketers, Atlanta civic leaders, and unsung heroes of the civil rights circulate. not only a standard rags-to-riches tale, Russell accomplished his good fortune via concentration, making plans, and humility and he stocks his profitable recommendation all through. As a millionaire builder ahead of the civil rights circulate won impetus and a chum of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Ralph Abernathy, and Andrew younger, he quietly helped finance the civil rights campaign, placing up bond for protestors and delivering the money that stored King’s dream alive. right here he presents a superb, behind-the-scenes examine the function that the enterprise community—which integrated black and white contributors operating together—played in Atlanta’s peaceable development from the capital of the racially divided previous South to the monetary middle of the recent South.

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