Chicago : Chicago Review Press, 2014.
1 online resource (324 p.)
10 A Leg Up and Over: Joint Ventures; PART IV: It's a Living; 11: Before Takeoff and After Landing International; 12: The Beer Years; 13: The H.J. Russell Institute of Good Common Sense; 14: Mixing Business and Politics; PART V: Family First; 15: The Wonders of Otelia; 16: Born Leaders; 17: . . . And Hello to Sylvia; PART VI: Sixty Years Later; 18: All the Rest of My Days; Acknowledgments; Index; About the Author; About the Coauthor; Back Cover
Front Cover; Title Page; Half Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Foreword by Andrew Young; Prologue; PART I: Growing, Working, and Learning; 1: Life, One Word at a Time; 2: High School Hero; 3: Tuskegee Institute: An Educated Class; PART II: H.J. Russell & Company: Atlanta's Do-It-All Contractor; 4: Black Entrepreneurship Takes Hold; 5: Otelia Hackney: A Black Woman Emerges; PART III: Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement; 6: Swimming at the Deep End of Social Change; 7: Black Entrepreneurship Takes Hold; 8: My Big Greek Brother (From Another Mother); 9: Desegregating the Good Ol' Boys
Born into a blue-collar family in the Jim Crow South, Herman J. Russell built a shoeshine business when he was 12 years old-and used the profits to buy a vacant lot where he built a duplex while he was still a teen. In the ensuing 50 years, Russell has continued to build and develop businesses, amassing one of the most influential and profitable minority-owned business conglomerates. In Building Atlanta, he shares his inspiring life story, revealing how he overcame racism, poverty, and a debilitating speech impediment to become one of the most successful.