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By Herman Russell,Bob Andelman,Andrew Young

Born right into a blue-collar kin within the Jim Crow South, Herman J. Russell equipped a shoeshine company while he used to be 12 years old—and used the gains to shop for a vacant lot the place he equipped a duplex whereas he was once nonetheless an adolescent. within the resulting 50 years, Russell has persevered to construct and improve companies, accumulating probably the most influential and ecocnomic minority-owned enterprise conglomerates. In development Atlanta, he stocks his inspiring existence tale, revealing how he overcame racism, poverty, and a debilitating speech obstacle to turn into probably the most profitable African American marketers, Atlanta civic leaders, and unsung heroes of the civil rights circulation. not only a standard rags-to-riches tale, Russell accomplished his luck via concentration, making plans, and humility and he stocks his profitable suggestion all through. As a millionaire builder ahead of the civil rights circulation received impetus and a pal 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 offering the money that stored King’s dream alive. right here he presents a superb, behind-the-scenes examine the function that the company community—which integrated black and white contributors operating together—played in Atlanta’s peaceable development from the capital of the racially divided outdated South to the monetary middle of the recent South.

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