African American Millionaires
Black Stars, Band 6 1. Aufl.
Meet the black Achievers who attained the American Dream-from the early years to modern times "This wonderful book should be required reading for young people, who will learn how some of the nation's most successful Black men and women became role models." -Joyce Ladner, Ph.D. Robert Sengstacke Abbott Tyra Banks Matel "Mat" Dawson Jr. Joe L. Dudley Sr. Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds S. B. Fuller Arthur George Gaston Earl G. Graves Earvin "Magic" Johnson John H. Johnson Robert L. Johnson Quincy Jones Shelton "Spike" Jackson Lee William Alexander Leidesdorff Abraham Lincoln Lewis Reginald Francis Lewis Annie Turnbo Malone Bridget "Biddy" Mason Anthony Overton Mary Ellen Pleasant Russell Simmons Madame C. J. Walker Oprah Gail Winfrey Eldrick "Tiger" Woods Crispus Attucks Wright
Foreword v Acknowledgments ix Introduction 1 PART ONE: THE EARLY YEARS William Alexander Leidesdorff 7 PART TWO: THE CIVILWAR YEARS AND RECONSTRUCTION Mary Ellen Pleasant 15 Bridget “Biddy” Mason 22 Anthony Overton 27 Abraham Lincoln Lewis 31 PART THREE: INTO THE NEW CENTURY Madame C. J. Walker 39 Annie Turnbo Malone 43 Robert Sengstacke Abbott 48 Arthur George Gaston 54 S. B. Fuller 61 PART FOUR: MODERN TIMES John H. Johnson 71 Crispus Attucks Wright 77 Matel “Mat” Dawson Jr. 82 Quincy D. Jones 86 Earl G. Graves 92 Joe L. Dudley Sr. 97 Reginald Francis Lewis 103 Robert L. Johnson 108 Oprah Gail Winfrey 114 Shelton “Spike” Jackson Lee 120 Russell Simmons 126 Earvin “Magic” Johnson 130 Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds 136 Tyra Banks 140 Eldrick “Tiger” Woods 144 Bibliography 150 Picture Credits 152 Index 153
Otha Richard Sullivan, Ed.D., a former science teacher and guidance counselor, headed Detroit’s program to infuse African American history into the public schools’ curriculum. He is currently a professor of education and psychology and the director of the ACHIEVE Mississippi Project at Alcorn State University. Dr. Sullivan is the author of two other volumes in Wiley’s Black Stars series, African American Inventors and African American Women Scientists and Inventors. Jim Haskins, the general editor of the Black Stars series, is the author of more than one hundred books for young readers. His works include African American Entrepreneurs, which is part of the Black Stars series, and Black Eagles: African Americans in Aviation; he also collaborated with Rosa Parks on her autobiography, Rosa Parks: My Story. He has received many awards, including the Coretta Scott King Book Award and the Washington Post Children’s Book Guild Award for the body of his work.
"Dr. Sullivan has written a powerful book that can serve to inspire and challenge all youth and adults to rise above their circumstances. African American Millionaires is a must-have for every home library." –William E. Wilson, Executive Director, Jos-Arz Academy, Washington, D.C. "I would recommend African American Millionaires for all to read, especially students in our school systems." –Johnny L. DuPree, Mayor, City of Hattiesburg, Mississippi In every era, determined African American achievers have proven that it’s possible for African Americans to attain the American Dream, even in the face of prejudice and personal setbacks. Today, there are many African American millionaires, ranging from corporate executives to sports stars to celebrities. And when it comes to sharing their wealth and giving back to the community, these individuals have always stepped up and made a difference. This book brings their stories to life. The minibiographies in this inspiring book capture the struggles and triumphs of twenty-five of the country’s most notable African American millionaires, including Quincy Jones, Oprah Winfrey, Spike Lee, Russell Simmons, Tyra Banks, and Tiger Woods. You’ll get the lowdown on these celebrities as well as some other millionaires you may not have heard of, including: William Alexander Leidesdorff, a founding father of the state of California who built San Francisco’s first shipping warehouse and first hotel Mary Ellen Pleasant, a well-known San Francisco businesswoman who was also a prominent abolitionist Madame C. J. Walker, a dynamic entrepreneur whose hair care products earned her a fortune Matel "Mat" Dawson Jr., a worker at a Ford assembly plant who saved enough money to donate over $1 million to colleges and scholarship funds Robert L. Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET) and one of the four hundred wealthiest people in America according to Forbes magazine
BLACK STARS MEET THE BLACK ACHIEVERS WHO ATTAINED THE AMERICAN DREAM— FROM THE EARLY YEARS TO MODERN TIMES "This wonderful book should be required reading for young people, who will learn how some of the nation's most successful Black men and women became role models." —Joyce Ladner, Ph.D. ROBERT SENGSTACKE ABBOTT TYRA BANKS MATEL "MAT" DAWSON JR. JOE L. DUDLEY SR. KENNETH "BABYFACE" EDMONDS S. B. FULLER ARTHUR GEORGE GASTON EARL G. GRAVES EARVIN "MAGIC" JOHNSON JOHN H. JOHNSON ROBERT L. JOHNSON QUINCY JONES SHELTON "SPIKE" JACKSON LEE WILLIAM ALEXANDER LEIDESDORFF ABRAHAM LINCOLN LEWIS REGINALD FRANCIS LEWIS ANNIE TURNBO MALONE BRIDGET "BIDDY" MASON ANTHONY OVERTON MARY ELLEN PLEASANT RUSSELL SIMMONS MADAME C. J. WALKER OPRAH GAIL WINFREY ELDRICK "TIGER" WOODS CRISPUS ATTUCKS WRIGHT
"Dr. Sullivan has written a powerful book that can serve to inspire and challenge all youth and adults to rise above their circumstances. African American Millionaires is a must have for every home library." —William E. Wilson, Executive Director Jos-Arz Academy, Washington, DC "I would recommend African American Millionaires for all to read, especially students in our school systems." —Johnny L. DuPree, Mayor City of Hattiesburg "This wonderful book should be required reading for young people who will learn how some of the nation's most successful Black men and women became role models." —Joyce Ladner, Ph.D.
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