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By Herman Russell,Bob Andelman,Andrew Young

Born right into a blue-collar kinfolk within the Jim Crow South, Herman J. Russell outfitted a shoeshine enterprise 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 a young person. within the resulting 50 years, Russell has endured to construct and advance companies, accumulating probably the most influential and ecocnomic minority-owned company conglomerates. In development Atlanta, he stocks his inspiring existence tale, revealing how he overcame racism, poverty, and a debilitating speech obstacle to turn into essentially the most winning African American marketers, Atlanta civic leaders, and unsung heroes of the civil rights flow. not only a customary 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 sooner than the civil rights flow received 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 offering the cash that saved King’s dream alive. the following he offers a superb, behind-the-scenes examine the function that the enterprise community—which integrated black and white members operating together—played in Atlanta’s peaceable development from the capital of the racially divided outdated South to the monetary middle of the recent South.

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