Building Atlanta

Building Atlanta

How I Broke Through Segregation to Launch A Business Empire

eBook - 2014
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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.
Publisher: Chicago : Chicago Review Press, 2014.
ISBN: 9781306477840
1306477840
9781613746974
1613746970
9781613746950
1613746954
Characteristics: 1 online resource (324 p.)
Additional Contributors: Andelman, Bob
Contents: 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
Summary: 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.

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Aug 29, 2015

I really liked this story because I had never heard of Herman Russell. He has lived a very inspiring life and truly worked his way to the top. This is a good book for any young person wishing to start his/her own business. He/she will realize nothing worth having is easy, it takes HARD work and Mr. Russell lived that. It also shows how integral he was to the Civil Rights Movement, something many people may not realize.

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