Celebrate Black History Month with February’s free ebook THE MERCHANT PRINCE OF BLACK CHICAGO: ANTHONY OVERTON AND THE BUILDING OF A FINANCIAL EMPIRE by Robert E. Weems Jr.!
Born to enslaved parents, Anthony Overton became one of the leading African American entrepreneurs of the twentieth century. Overton’s Chicago-based empire ranged from personal care products and media properties to insurance and finance. Yet, despite success and acclaim as the first business figure to win the NAACP’s Spingarn Medal, Overton remains an enigma. Robert E. Weems Jr. restores Overton to his rightful place in American business history. Overton went on to become the first African American to head a major business conglomerate, only to lose significant parts of his businesses—and his public persona as “the merchant prince of his race”—in the Depression, before rebounding once again in the early 1940s.
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